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Meaning of self-governed

self-gov•erned

Pronunciation: (self"guv'urnd, self'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. governed by itself or having self-government, as a state or community; independent.
  2. self-regulating; self-determining.
  3. exercising self-restraint or self-control.
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