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- 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
appendantor dependentcountry, as to all local and internal legislation, by means of a governing power vested in the people within the country itself, in contradistinctionto 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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