from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The principle or practice of self-government in the internal affairs of a dependent country or other political unit.

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  • noun The rule or government of an appendant or dependent country, as to all local and internal legislation, by means of a governing power vested in the people within the country itself, in contradistinction to a government established by the dominant country.

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  • noun self-government in local matters by a city or county that is part of a national government


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