from The Century Dictionary.
- Having the right to elect one's self, or (as a body) of electing its own members; of or pertaining to this right.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Having the right of electing one's self, or, as a body, of electing its own members.
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Objection was taken to making the Governors a self-elective body, and the necessity of making it essential that the Governors or a majority of them should be of the Protestant faith was also insisted on.
McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 Cyrus MacMillan 1916
In the beetle, however, conscious determination is merged into intelligent ideation, for its actions in the premises are self-elective and selective.
The Dawn of Reason or, Mental Traits in the Lower Animals James Weir 1881
The Town Councils were self-elective -- hotbeds of corruption; and the members of these Town Councils were intrusted with the power of returning the Members for the boroughs.
A Hundred Years by Post A Jubilee Retrospect James Wilson Hyde 1879
On both sides of their independence, as trustees of the property which they had created and gifted to the Society on this condition, and as a self-supporting, self-elective brotherhood, it became necessary, for the unbroken peace of the mission and the success of their work, that they should vindicate their moral and legal position.
Life of William Carey George Smith 1876
Mamlouks took matters into their own hands, and became a self-elective body, or sort of large corporation.
_Conservative Senate_, composed of eighty members, self-elective, had the right of appointing the members of the Corps Législatif, the Tribuneship, and the Court of Cassation.
The violent Aristocrats would have wished to preserve all the powers of government in the hands of the Regents, and that these should remain self-elective: but choosing to receive a modification of these powers from the Stadtholder, rather than from the people, they threw themselves into his scale.
Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 2 Thomas Jefferson 1784
The violent Aristocrats would have wished to preserve all the powers of government in the hands of the Regents, and that these should remain self-elective; but choosing to receive a modification of these powers from the Stadtholder, rather than from the people, they threw themselves into his scale.
The Writings of Thomas Jefferson Library Edition - Vol. 6 (of 20) Thomas Jefferson 1784
a dominant, self-elective assembly, superior to the Pope, and that one-half of the revenues of the Papacy should be diverted into the pockets of the cardinals.