Definition of self-determination noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌself dɪˌtɜːmɪˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌself dɪˌtɜːrmɪˈneɪʃn//
    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1the right of a country or a region and its people to be independent and to choose their own government and political system synonym independence
  2. 2the right or ability of a person to control their own fate
  3. Extra examples All nations have the right to self-determination. The territory is seeking political self-determination. There were many influences which limited girls’ ideas about their independence and self-determination. We should aim to promote individuals’ capacity for self-determination.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: self-determination