Definitions for self-government

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word self-government

Princeton's WordNet

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

    government of a political unit by its own people


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-government in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-government in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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. The President:

    This is a question between Article I and Article II -- the President is not permitted to write law. Only Congress is, the House will make that very, very clear and we will do so as an institution on behalf of the American people, on behalf of representative self-government.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of self-government

Translations for self-government

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for self-government »


Find a translation for the self-government definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these self-government definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"self-government." STANDS4 LLC, 2016. Web. 26 Jun 2016. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for self-government? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for self-government:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.