Definitions for self-government

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-government, self-determination, self-rule(noun)

    government of a political unit by its own people

Wiktionary

  1. self-government(Noun)

    The governance of a region by its own populace; autonomy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Self-government(noun)

    the act of governing one's self, or the state of being governed by one's self; self-control; self-command

  2. Self-government(noun)

    hence, government of a community, state, or nation by the joint action of the mass of people constituting such a civil body; also, the state of being so governed; democratic government; democracy

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ronald Reagan:

    This is the issue of this election : whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

  2. James Madison, (attributed):

    We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.

  3. Assistant Attorney General John Cruden:

    United States takes seriously the federal role in protecting tribal self-government, which has United States foundation in federal statutes, treaties and regulations, to this end, we are committed to eliminating barriers, such as these, which hinder The Tulalip Tribes from developing healthy economies and providing necessary governmental services on the reservation.

  4. Alexander Hamilton Stephens:

    It was no Insurrection or Rebellion, or even Civil War in any proper sense of these terms... The war... was a war between States regularly organized into two separate Federal Republics... In the beginning, and throughout the contest, the object of the 'Confederates' was to maintain the separate Sovereignty of each State, and the right of self-government, which that necessarily carries with it. The object of the 'Federals,' on the contrary, was to maintain a Centralized Sovereignty over all the States on both sides. This was the fundamental principle involved in the Conflict, which must be kept continually in mind.

  5. William Howard Taft:

    Now, I am opposed to the franchise in the District [of Columbia]; I am opposed, and not because I yield to any one in my support and belief in the principles of self-government; but principles are applicable generally, and then, unless you make exceptions to the application of these principles, you will find that they will carry you to very illogical and absurd results. This was taken out of the application of the principle of self-government in the very Constitution that was intended to put that in force in every other part of the country, and it was done because it was intended to have the representatives of all the people in the country control this one city, and to prevent its being controlled by the parochial spirit that would necessarily govern men who did not look beyond the city to the grandeur of the nation, and this as the representative of that nation.

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