self-guidance

guidance

[gahyd-ns]
noun
1.
the act or function of guiding; leadership; direction.
2.
advice or counseling, especially that provided for students choosing a course of study or preparing for a vocation.
3.
supervised care or assistance, especially therapeutic help in the treatment of minor emotional disturbances.
4.
something that guides.
5.
the process by which the flight of a missile or rocket may be altered in speed and direction in response to controls situated either wholly in the projectile or partly at a base.

Origin:
1765–75; guide + -ance

nonguidance, noun
preguidance, noun
self-guidance, noun


1. management, conduct, supervision, control, government.
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guidance (ˈɡaɪdəns)
 
n
1.  leadership, instruction, or direction
2.  a.  counselling or advice on educational, vocational, or psychological matters
 b.  (as modifier): the marriage-guidance counsellor
3.  something that guides
4.  See also guided missile any process by which the flight path of a missile is controlled in flight

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guidance
1530s, "the process of directing conduct," from guide; replacing 15c. guying. In reference to direction in school, career, marriage, etc., from 1927.
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