Meaning of self-regulation

self-reg•u•la•tion

Pronunciation: (self'reg"yu-lā'shun, self"-), [key]
— n.
  1. control by oneself or itself, as in an economy, business organization, etc., esp. such control as exercised independently of governmental supervision, laws, or the like.
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