[ self-help, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈhɛlp, ˈsɛlf- /
the act of providing for or helping or the ability to provide for or help oneself without assistance from others.
Law. the act or right of remedying a wrong, without resorting to legal proceedings.
the acquiring of information or the solving of one’s problems, especially those of a psychological nature, without the direct supervision of professionals or experts, as by independent reading or by joining or forming lay groups that are devoted to one’s interests or goals.
of or relating to a book, article, home study course, or the like, offering an individual information or counseling intended to be personally beneficial or profitable: self-help books on overcoming shyness.
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Origin of self-help
First recorded in 1825–35
OTHER WORDS FROM self-help
self-help·er, nounself-help·ful, self-help·ing, adjectiveself-help·ful·ness, noun
Words nearby self-help
self-gratification, self-hardening, self-harm, self-hatred, self-healing, self-help, self-hypnosis, self-hypnotized, self-identification, self-identify, self-identity
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Example sentences from the Web for self-help
It combines pickup techniques supposedly inspired by evolutionary psychology with self-help pseudoscience.
The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc|Brandy Zadrozny|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bookstores are stocked with self-help books telling girls how to bag a millionaire.
Russia’s Gold Digger Academy|Peter Pomerantsev|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure, there is an array of “self-help” guides available in the world.
A New Breakup Therapist: Your Phone|Erin Cunningham|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anderson says some of the men who come to his self-help organization have waited over 60 years to reveal their abuse.
Exclusive: Michael Jackson Hit With New Sex Abuse Claim|Diane Dimond|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a popular philosopher and self-help evangelizer, he is in the assertion business—the loftier the better.
What is the News? Whatever Alain de Botton Thinks It Is|Robert Herritt|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because, as scarcely needs saying, the principle of self-help is strained to the uttermost at time of child-birth.
Change in the Village|(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
But the preaching of thrift and self-help, unremitting as it is, is not producing an appreciable effect.
The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays|Thorstein Veblen
The Bushman has his reason for trusting in his amulets; the civilized man, his, for trusting in self-help.
The Story of My Mind|M. M. Mangasarian
From the very first, however, the girls were trained in the virtues of the home, and in self-help.
Women of Achievement|Benjamin Brawley
This open-mouth breathing, however, need not be learned; it is the self-help of nature.
Piano Playing|Josef Hofmann
British Dictionary definitions for self-help
the act or state of providing the means to help oneself without relying on the assistance of others
- the practice of solving one’s problems by joining or forming a group designed to help those suffering from a particular problem
- (as modifier)a self-help group
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