Definition of self-determining in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌselfdəˈtərminiNG/


1(Of a country) having the power or freedom to form its own government: the desire to live in a free, self-determining democracy
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  • The new states that arose would be neither self-determining nor democratic.
  • It would contain an isolated and self-determining community where the inhabitants will grow up from an early age in a very low-tech environment.
  • They are planning and creating environmentally sustainable communities that are productive, self-reliant and self-determining.
1.1(Of a person) having the power or freedom to control their own life: the individual feels competent and self-determining
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  • Despite our attachment to the ideal of the free, self-determining individual, we humans are dependent social beings.
  • He does not accept that we are more or less self-determining free agents.
  • They can be true to themselves and become self-determining.

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Syllabification: self-de·ter·min·ing

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