Definition of self-determination in English:


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[mass noun]
  • 1The process by which a country determines its own statehood and forms its own government: the changes cannot be made until the country’s right to self-determination is recognized
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    • Broadly speaking, they see their struggle as part of the still unfulfilled quest for self-determination and for genuine sovereignty.
    • Many people from across the spectrum sacrificed for the goal of self-determination and the independence of Namibia.
    • Aboriginal sovereignty and self-determination are key ideas for you.
  • 1.1The process by which a person controls their own life: services for the mentally ill should aim to promote individuals' capacity for self-determination
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    • It is in the exercise of self-determination that we maintain some control over, and take responsibility for, our lives and for what we will become.
    • Autonomy is about self-determination, being free from external influences and governed by one's own mind.
    • The concepts inherent in this right are the bedrock upon which the principles of self-determination and individual autonomy are based.

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