from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Exercising control or rule over oneself or itself.
- adj. Having the right or power of self-government; autonomous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That governs itself: as, a self-governing colony.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
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Two days earlier, meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Washington, Mr. Obama praised Iraq as a country "that is self-governing, that is inclusive and that has enormous potential."
The Iraqi leader is expected to accompany Mr. Obama to North Carolina Wednesday, where the president and Mrs. Obama will thank some of the last of US troops returning from Iraq and assure them that, as Obama declared Monday, they delivered an Iraq "that is self-governing, that is inclusive, and that has enormous potential."
Asked if he still agrees with his onetime characterization of the Iraq war as a "dumb war," Mr. Obama responded, "History will judge the original decision to go into Iraq, but what's absolutely clear is that...what we have now achieved is an Iraq that is self-governing, that is inclusive, and that has enormous potential."
What's clear, he added, is that because of the huge sacrifices by American soldiers and civilians and the courage of the Iraqi people, "we have now achieved an Iraq that is self-governing, that is inclusive and that has enormous potential."
Gamely, Obama takes the last part first, giving a sort of "history will be the judge" answer – "I think history will judge the original decision to go into Iraq," is indeed his first stab at it – before saying:What's absolutely clear is, as a consequence of the enormous sacrifices that have been made by American soldiers and civilians – American troops and civilians, as well as the courage of the Iraqi people, that what we have now achieved is an Iraq that is self-governing, that is inclusive and that has enormous potential.
Remember, we are on trial before the tribunal of the nation and of the world, that it may be known . . . whether we are worthy to be a free, self-governing people.
More importantly, the Founding Fathers feared that sensual amusements would undermine the discipline necessary for a republic of self-governing individuals.
Protestants are supposed to worship under the aegis of the official religious body, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement — standing for self-governing, self-teaching and self-supporting.
It was a reference to China's claim to the currently self-governing island of Taiwan, which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949, and to Tibet, which is already under China's control.
Labour would need to adapt radically to a self-governing England within a federal UK, but that might be no bad thing.