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[self-guhv-ernd, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərnd, ˈsɛlf-/
governed by itself or having self-government, as a state or community; independent.
self-regulating; self-determining.
exercising self-restraint or self-control.
Origin of self-governed
Related forms
self-governing, adjective
nonself-governing, adjective
1. autonomous.
1. dependent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Company was self-governed from its commencement in 1695, and the disintegration seems to have begun in the next season.

  • That such churches should be self-governed followed almost as a matter of course.

  • As the potato was the staple food of the people, this would have been sufficiently disastrous, even in a self-governed country.

  • His passing mania seemed to have burnt out all his impetuosity, leaving him singularly sober, calm, and self-governed.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • These tribes were self-governed, their rulers being selected on the hereditary plan.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • Rapt in reverential awe, To sit, self-governed in the fiery prime Of youth, obedient at the feet of law.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • Tesaoua is also independent and self-governed, as are most of the places hereabouts.

  • Whenever there is a self-governed soul, there is a happy blending of the authority of reason with the force of appetite.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • Personality is founded upon self-consciousness, with self-governed intelligence and self-directed action.

    Supreme Personality Delmer Eugene Croft
  • A West Indian self-governed Dominion is possible only with a full negro vote.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude

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