• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-determination determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion
    • n self-determination government of a political unit by its own people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • n Self-determination Determination by one's self; or, determination of one's acts or states without the necessitating force of motives; -- applied to the voluntary or activity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-determination Determination by one's self or itself; determination by one's own will or powers, without extraneous impulse or influence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-determination determination by one's self without extraneus impulse
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

When we acquire the determination to efface self in these domestic squabbles we begin the building of a character.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
He drifted to the station aimlessly; he had ceased to be self-determined.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
He had had time to determine that much when her gift of self-possession reasserted itself.
"No Clue" by James Hay
They believe in freedom for self-determination.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
It involves a self-determining power to will and to act.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
He is determined to get a job, but of course he is much too young to be self-supporting.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
Her own self-esteem was enlisted, and she was now determined not to incur her own reproach and derision.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
Even now self-determined progress seems not to possess them.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Indeed, we added slightly to our self-imposed tasks by determining on the construction of cradles.
"Gold" by Stewart White
And self-determination is the very last thing that can be called fatalistic.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza

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:

She saw potential in a squirmy, talkative third grader and taught her the true values of determination and self-worth.
And the respect for the freedom, autonomy, and self-determination of the residents.
Last year, President Bush proposed a legislative initiative that would use the sale of around 300,000 acres of National Forest land to fund an extension to the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (SRS).
Investigators are trying to determine if the shooting of a 32-year-old Nara Visa man was self-defense or homicide.
Community Colleges and Economic Self-Determination .
Courts and Indian Country Legal progress in an era of self-determination .
US must show respect for self-determination .
Sudan's Abyei region unlikely to hold self-determination vote.
Increasing Student Success Through Instruction in Self-Determination .
An enormous amount of research shows the importance of self-determination (i.e.
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.
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.

In science:

Determination of the domain of self-adjointness of Hc,α 2.
On certain generalized Hardy's inequalities and applications
H − ψ(qH ) For the second version, X i H , the scaling of the moments is determined using the scale-invariance of the process ωl (t) and the self-similarity of the fGn dWH (t).
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
In this case the self-dual distributions Q(p;q) |p;q; ˜zi (z ) are determined by the scalar product in Eq. (2.4), i.e.
Generalized Hypergeometric Coherent States
Hilbert space can be used to define all reasonable dynamics, and the “boundary conditions at the singularity” are determined by the choice of self-adjoint extension.
Dynamics in Stationary, Non-Globally Hyperbolic Spacetimes
The nonquasiparticle peak in the density of states (Fig. 2) is proportional to the imaginary part of the self-energy (Fig. 4), therefore it is determined by the processes of quasiparticle decay, which justifies the term “nonquasiparticle” itself.
Nonquasiparticle states in half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb