Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Self-government.

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  • n. Rule of a group of people by their own leaders as opposed to rule imposed by a foreign government or people.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. government of a political unit by its own people

Etymologies

self + rule (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In 1772, he organized a “committee of correspondence” that proclaimed the right of the colonies to self-rule.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • To solve the lack of order they saw all around them, the fathers seized on one of the great—and often missed—ironies in world history: the only thing that could make men forsake their own freedom and still believe they were free was self-rule.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In response to the Boston Tea Party, in 1774 Parliament passed a series of Coercive Acts that closed the port of Boston, eliminated most forms of self-rule in Massachusetts, and allowed British soldiers to be housed in colonial buildings.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • It proved to be far more menacing to repressive self-rule in the American republic than it was to social order under the king.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Elections, after all, are the very cornerstone of our dream of effective self-rule.

    What can we expect of democracy?

  • The party had appealed to voters to give it a mandate to demand self-rule in the Tamil-majority areas.

    Ex-rebel proxies sweep Sri Lanka local elections

  • A little known but crucial feature of Iraq's culture that has a huge impact on attitudes toward corruption and capacity for self-rule is prevalence of cousin marriage.

    Culture or Institutions?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Instead of asserting American Exceptionalism, instead of boldly standing for freedom and self-rule, this administration has cozied up to dictators around the world.

    Ken Blackwell: The Iron Lady vs. the Tin Woman

  • In its early years, the Soviet Union aspired to become a kind of "better America", where a then 80% rural country would apply the techniques of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Frederick Wilmslow Taylor, combine them with workers' self-rule and Marxist "social science" and create a new and superior society in the process.

    Marx at the movies

  • However, unlike Americans in 1776, both of these peoples have a long and proud history of self-rule, a strong precedent from which to pursue it again.

    Cynthia Boaz: The Obligations of Independence

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