• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-determining Capable of self-determination; as, the self-determining power of will.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Self-annointing is something only hedgehogs do, in which they lick or nibble on something, make a foamy paste in their mouths, and then spread it with their long tongues in little spots on their quills. No one has ever determined exactly why they do this.
    • self-determining Capable of self-determination.
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  • Jesse Owens
    Jesse Owens
    “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
  • John Adams
    “Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
    “Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.”


In literature:

Melody means individuality, individualism; the free representation of a personality in its own self-determined motion.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
About the only thing I could look at with self-confidence was my determination to hold out.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Observation shows us man not as self-determined, but as the creature of circumstances, as a phenomenon among other phenomena.
"An Estimate of the Value and Influence of Works of Fiction in Modern Times" by Thomas Hill Green
I was self-willed and determined, and my father yielded.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Why was it that under the serious gaze of those dark eyes all her self-confidence and determination had oozed away?
"The Pleasant Street Partnership" by Mary F. Leonard
It is exactly the same with the first appearance of voluntary movement, and again with that of free moral self-determination.
"The Theories of Darwin and Their Relation to Philosophy, Religion, and Morality" by Rudolf Schmid
Praise and blame, as instruments of social control; determine professed standards; in development of self; indifference to; man responsive to.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
What does rational self-determination mean for these classes?
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
It is the loss of this self-determined individuality alone that renders man completely impersonal.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
He seemed determined to get the utmost out of his own self-sacrifice.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers

In poetry:

The threads our hands in blindness spin
No self-determined plan weaves in;
The shuttle of the unseen powers
Works out a pattern not as ours.
"Overruled" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Our self esteem is determined by our updates, tweets and check-ins, Andrew Keen says.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will be examined by Dr William Meyers in Philadelphia to determine the extent of an injury he self-diagnosed as a possible sports hernia during the World Series.
The Saharawis' last-ditch fight for self-determination.
Such a resolution might affirm a Palestinian right to self-determination and say that fulfillment of the Zionist ideal requires Israel to reach a just settlement with them, because only then will the Jewish state finally be secure.
However, according to a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher, the aging process isn't all bad because it helps most individuals become more autonomous and self determined, achieving a higher level of personal satisfaction.
QSR 's columnist and self-labeled "determined capitalist" is convinced sustainability and local sourcing are the future of foodservice.
Courts and Indian Country Legal progress in an era of self- determination .
That said, a self-storage owner must be careful to determine true value.
We've seen the Jacksonville Jaguars owner as a determined, self-made guy.
I am disappointed in Alveda King and the Springfield Right to Life's attacks on women's reproductive self-determination.
To say simply that Mary Cassatt's paintings of women and children are "sweet" would be a disservice to the artist whose strength and self-determination are now being recognized in two major retrospectives.
"I will not let my dress size determine my self-worth".
Spokane Police investigators are working to determine if a deadly stabbing was a case of self defense.
We often rely on external factors to determine our self-worth, a process that only ends up undermining our potential.
Self-esteem is determined by the level of satisfaction and confidence one has in oneself.

In science:

The wreath recursion uniquely determines the associated self-similar action.
Combinatorial models of expanding dynamical systems
The distribution of r is thus the same as that of the rj s, and Eq. (4) determines implicitly a self-consistent functional equation for ρ(r).
Return probabilities and hitting times of random walks on sparse Erdos-Renyi graphs
Regarding a µ-vertex α that is not the root vertex ρ, we determine the degree of µ-self-intersection of α as the total number m of µ-edges of Γ(cid:48) that arrive at α and denote it by κµ (α) = m.
High Moments of Large Wigner Random Matrices and Asymptotic Properties of the Spectral Norm
For each of the remaining ν2 − 2 values xj , we choose the value vj < xj that determines the vertex of the simple self-intersection.
High Moments of Large Wigner Random Matrices and Asymptotic Properties of the Spectral Norm
The black curve in the figure illustrates the mean squared self-linking number of uniform random polygons in confined space and is fitted to a function of the form qn2 + a where q is estimated to be 0.0331 ± 0.0003 and a is estimated to be −0.0131 ± 1.5226, with a coefficient of determination R2 = 0.9993.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces