- control of the government of a state, community, or other body by its own members; democratic government.
- the condition of being self-governed.
- the government of a country, nation, etc, by its own people
- the state of being self-controlled
- an archaic term for self-control
n.1734, of persons; 1798, of states, from self- + government. Related: Self-governing (1680s).