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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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self-governingˌself-ˈgoverning adjective  PGINDEPENDENT COUNTRY OR ORGANIZATIONa country or organization that is self-governing is controlled by its own members rather than by someone from another country or organization self-governing statesself-government noun [uncountable]
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self-governingMany of the larger communities felt they would be better off if they were self-governing.In order to stimulate competition, large hospitals were encouraged to become self-governing.While they exist to serve public purposes, they are self-governing and only subject to a limited state control.In further education, it devolves power from local authorities to local self-governing boards.The Orthodox Church is composed of 23 self-governing churches that emerged from the Byzantine Empire.The Orthodox Church is composed of 23 self-governing churches.The farmers are members of a small self-governing co-operative group.Each of these was built along the Babylonian model, as a self-governing fragment of the fallen Judean kingdom.Parents have criticised the move as a tactic to wreck their self-governing move.The health authority has agreed to hear a presentation on self-governing trusts at its next meeting on Monday.Regional authorities face the chop and a smaller number of new committees will keep an eye on the self-governing trusts.
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