Meaning of self-determine in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfdɪˈtəːmɪn/


  • 1To determine (something) for oneself without external influence or control.

  • 2To determine one's own form of government or course of life; to practise self-determination. Also with object (reflexive) in same sense, sometimes with prepositional phrase as complement.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Baxter (1615–1691), ejected minister and religious writer. From self- + determine, after self-determination.