Meaning of self-movement in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfˈmuːvm(ə)nt/


  • Motion produced by the inherent power of the person, object, etc., that moves, rather than by the action of external forces. Also in philosophical contexts: voluntary or spontaneous action; will. Occasionally as a count noun: an act of volition.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Stephen Nye (d. 1719), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist. From self- + movement, originally after Hellenistic Greek αὐτοκίνεσις autokinesis.