from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Political independence; autonomy.
- n. Popular or representative government; democracy.
- n. Self-control.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The governance of a region by its own populace; autonomy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of governing one's self, or the state of being governed by one's self; self-control; self-command.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The government of one's self; self-control.
- n. The government of a nation, province, district, or town by itself, either in all points or in certain particulars (as local affairs).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. government of a political unit by its own people
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Dancers were allowed only to exhibit “self-control and self-government” in their movements.
The following year, in one of its many articles calling for an end to Italian immigration, the Saturday Evening Post argued that because southern Italians were part African, they were “incapable of self-government and totally devoid of initiative and creative ability.”
The idea isn't just to make money -- though that will be nice -- but to repair and nurture the sense of community involvement, debate and local allegiance that is at the core of the American experiment in democratic self-government.
The Department of State advocated establishing a framework for restoring German democratic self-government within a broader program of rehabilitating Europe.
During those early years of our national experiment with self-government, Tocqueville saw this principle as enjoying "universal acceptance" in America.
They have to do with the importance of limited government and with the blessing of self-government.
They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.
There is the idea that self-government demands deference to the preferences and values of others, which is obviously true.
By rousing large numbers of citizens of differing political inclinations last November to demand more effective and responsible representation, the indictment served the cause of self-government.
As many people and countries around the world are striving and dying to achieve, the American ideal of human rights and democracy, we need to encourage our leaders for refreshing again this oldest, longest experiment of democratic self-government.