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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishself-determinationˌself-determiˈnation noun [uncountable]  CHOOSEthe right of the people of a particular country to govern themselves and to choose the type of government they will have
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self-determinationAnd we also think that fairness and self-determination are things most people believe in.Why such a strong desire for self-determination on the far northwest side?By contrast, the sphere of civil society offers greater prospects for self-determination.We all like self-determination and flexibility.Decolonization was associated with the spread of ideologies of national self-determination and ultimately the near-universality of the sovereign nation-state.The latter stand on a right of self-determination in matters that touch individual opinion and personal attitude...On the other hand, schools are being encouraged in a much greater degree of financial and professional self-determination.
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