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self-policing Syllabification: self-po·lic·ing

Definition of self-policing in English:


The process of keeping order or maintaining control within a community without accountability or reference to an external authority.
Example sentences
  • Abuses like the torture and humiliation of prisoners will be left to the military authorities' self-policing.
  • This has lead to a situation of self-policing within the industry.
  • In response to instances like this, a kind of de facto self-policing within the Indian literary community has developed.


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(Of a community) independently responsible for keeping and maintaining order: as long as the Internet community was relatively small, it could be self-policing
More example sentences
  • Seattle's Tent City is a self-policing community that allows its residents to live safely, and enables them to work by giving them a stable place to house their belongings.
  • Then came regulation, as self-policing network standards-and-practices divisions responded to FCC rules.
  • They're anarchists in the sense that they have a perception that they should be self-policing and self-controlling, and in effect self-defining.
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