Definition of self-help in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌself ˈˌhelp/


1The use of one’s own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others: what government does is not a substitute for what people can do with encouragement and self-help
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  • What we have not done is ask whether self-help can sensibly be relied upon to deal with all the problems that limited liability causes for creditors.
  • The centre promotes self-help and complementary therapies for cancer sufferers to try and enhance their quality of life.
  • Few seem to practice self-help, and even fewer turn to organising group therapy.
1.1 [as modifier] Designed to assist people in achieving things for themselves: a self-help group for drug abusers
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  • He was treated with antidepressant drugs but says that self-help groups put him on the road to recovery.
  • The opening sections read more like a self-help manual, espousing the virtues of self-employment for spiritual growth.
  • The plan had a number of elements, but basically it was a self-help plan for our battalion to look out for ourselves.

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Syllabification: self-help

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