self-educated

[self-ej-oo-key-tid, self-]
adjective
educated by one's own efforts, especially without formal instruction.

Origin:
1810–20

self-educating, adjective
self-education, noun
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self-educated
 
adj
1.  educated through one's own efforts without formal instruction
2.  educated at one's own expense, without financial aid
 
self-edu'cation
 
n

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Example sentences
Many of these gang leaders are highly intelligent and, though self-educated,
  extremely well read.
But he was a self-made and self-educated intellectual colossus whose interests
  far transcended politics.
Although largely self-educated, he soon proved his capacity for leadership and
  won a lieutenant-colonelcy in the dragoons.
Truth was self-educated and possessed a quick wit and a charisma that often
  drew large crowds.
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