Definition of self-rule in US English:



  • another term for self-government (sense 1)
    • ‘They want independence, or at least self-rule, and they almost got it after 1996.’
    • ‘At various times in the twentieth century, they have also tried to attain autonomy or self-rule.’
    • ‘The country was not any closer to even a semblance of self-rule.’
    • ‘A number of very different cultures have shown themselves capable of self-rule.’
    • ‘The Statute of Autonomy fell short of the self-rule that Basque nationalism demanded.’
    • ‘They insist on this to protect their self-rule in three northern provinces.’
    • ‘If it does not include a strong component of local self-rule, it should.’
    • ‘Panama, though, seldom had the freedom of self-rule.’
    • ‘Americans, on the other hand, believe that democracy requires self-rule.’
    • ‘It is far more accurate to say that what success we have seen of democratic self-rule in the ex-colonies has come about, not because of colonialism, but in spite of it.’
    • ‘It began to conduct major political campaigns for self-rule and independence.’



/ˈˌsɛlf ˈrul//ˈˌself ˈro͞ol/