Definition of self-definition in English:



mass noun
  • Definition of one's individuality and role in life.

    ‘the struggle for national self-definition’
    • ‘As the lone Democratic contender who has run for president before, Gephardt instinctively understands the vital role that self-definition plays in the campaign.’
    • ‘These doctrines and guarantees are central to the American experience and remain essential to our present-day self-definition and national identity.’
    • ‘I'm struck again by the contrasting optimism and pessimism of our instinctive approaches to questions of national self-definition.’
    • ‘Crocodile Dundee exemplifies and symbolises the difficulty of achieving national self-definition within international cultural markets.’
    • ‘Rather, a construed external image assumes meaning for an organizational member to the extent that it corresponds with the individual's self-definition.’
    • ‘Families became less comfortable with the secular component of this definition as it threatened their own social self-definition.’
    • ‘We are also admitted into her struggle for self-definition as she tries to make sense of alienation, loss and destruction.’
    • ‘The show of mastery and triumphant self-definition evidenced in the modular text is clearly a simulation of what is perceived as the liberating effect of interactive media.’
    • ‘Like most policy disputes during presidential campaigns, the tax fight is as much about political self-definition as it is about fiscal policy.’
    • ‘Of course, a little difference is a beautiful thing, as is the freedom to mix and match the various wonderful opportunities modern life provides for self-definition.’
    • ‘It's a gross infringement on self-definition.’
    • ‘This kind of self-definition has dominated human societies for most of the 6,000-plus years of organised civilisation.’
    • ‘There could be no more profound a transgression, for a society whose self-definition is caste, than marrying across caste.’
    • ‘This perhaps contradictory self-definition was still relevant in the referendum on the monarchy in 1999.’
    • ‘In Mantua, the preparation of food is so central to questions of local pride and self-definition that it has become a subject of sociological study.’
    • ‘The alchemical perspective lends its adherents the incredible power of self-definition.’
    • ‘The announcement speech is the most overt act of self-definition in any presidential campaign.’
    • ‘This self-definition, the act of choosing which traditions and causes to link ourselves to, gives our lives purpose.’
    • ‘They know that if the monarchy falls, an important ingredient of Canadian self-definition will cease to exist.’
    • ‘The difficulty lies with the modern self-definition of the Chinese state.’