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Meaning of self-government

self-gov•ern•ment

Pronunciation: (self"guv'urn-munt, -ur-munt, self'-), [key]
— n.
  1. control of the government of a state, community, or other body by its own members; democratic government.
  2. the condition of being self-governed.
  3. self-control.
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