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[self-reg-yuh-ley-ting, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈrɛg yəˌleɪ tɪŋ, ˈsɛlf-/
adjusting, ruling, or governing itself without outside interference; operating or functioning without externally imposed controls or regulations:
a self-regulating economy; the self-regulating market.
functioning automatically:
a self-regulating machine.
Origin of self-regulating
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for self-regulating
  • Also, it is important to note that mushrooms are self-regulating.
  • It has depended on a self-regulating nuclear industry and the industry was indifferent and even hostile to safety procedures.
  • Is this icecap melting leading to more volcanic eruptions, leading to more cooling kind of a self-regulating feedback loop.
  • But quotas are widely disliked, so other countries are taking different routes, mainly of the self-regulating variety.
  • At the moment, the industry is largely self-regulating.
  • Laptops are generally self-regulating, but check with your manufacturer before plugging in.
  • Pump is self-regulating with automatic sensor and adjustable rate.
  • Professionals embody the values of the profession and are self-initiating and self-regulating.
  • The final rule is an innovative approach requiring no fee and using a self-regulating system.
British Dictionary definitions for self-regulating


(of a business, society, etc) enforcing or upholding its own rules and laws without external agency of intervention
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Word Origin and History for self-regulating

1837, from self- + present participle of regulate (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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