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Self-Determination

The political right of the majority to the exercise of power within the boundaries of a generally accepted political unit, area, or territory.

The principle of self-determination is mentioned in the United Nations Charter and has often been stressed in resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly. The concept is most often used in connection with the right of colonies to independence. It does not relate to attempts at independence by groups, such as the French Canadians or the Nagas of India, who do not possess their own sovereign states.

See: discretion, freedom, home rule, liberty
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Cynthia Haines-Turner, deputy prolocutor, said that ACIP's intent to have self-determining Indigenous ministries within the Anglican Church of Canada is clear.
The earlier article (published in March-April 2005) argued that depending on physicians' expertise--even refusing to question some of the medical suggestions physicians make--is a perfectly appropriate part of what it means to be a self-determining patient.
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To be self-determining and fall into unconditional love.
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As PM, Ted Heath signed our country up to what was then called the European Economic Community - a so-called free trade area, after being repeatedly warned by the Foreign Office that such a treaty would inexorably lead to Britain's demise as a self-determining sovereign nation.
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Laura Prince, who was on the interim board and thus partly responsible for creating this mess, said, ``I'm seeking for us to be self-determining, rather than having DONE dictate to us.
The great struggle of artists in the twentieth century was to establish that art is self-determining, undermining any attempt at collaboration or indeed working in public space.
In answering this question, she covers a range of issues, arguing that the major conceptual shift in policy and public rhetoric was from the race of individuals to the culture of communities, which were to be self-determining.
His argument against a self-determining will (the Arminian position) in Freedom of the Will (1754) fails because his assumption that every choice is determined by a previous act of the will speaks of two acts of the will for every choice, which is nonsensical.
By turning her back on those who cannot hear her subjugated knowledge speak, she creates by her own gaze an alternative space where she is both self-defining and self-determining.