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self-determination

self-de·ter·mi·na·tion

self-determination

 
 
pronunciation:
self dih tuhr mih neI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the freedom to make decisions for oneself without external pressure or influence.
similar words:
independence, liberty
definition 2: the ability or freedom of a people to decide their own form of government.
With autonomy came self-determination for this small nation that had long been dominated by foreign powers.
similar words:
independence
derivations: self-determined (adj.), self-determining (adj.)