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self-regulating

[self-reg-yuh-ley-ting, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈrɛg yəˌleɪ tɪŋ, ˈsɛlf-/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
functioning automatically:
a self-regulating machine.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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British Dictionary definitions for selfregulating

self-regulating

adjective
1.
(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 selfregulating

self-regulating

adj.

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

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