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self- +‎ reference

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self-reference (usually uncountable, plural self-references)

  1. An act or process of referring to itself or oneself.
    Synonym: autoreference
    • 1985, John H. Crook, The evolution of human consciousness, Oxford University Press:
      Ethologists concerned with the evolution of human behaviour have stopped short of attempting to explain the further reaches of the human mind; consciousness, self-reference, the construction of identity, and intersubjective relating.

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self-reference (third-person singular simple present self-references, present participle self-referencing, simple past and past participle self-referenced)

  1. (transitive, uncommon) To reference itself or oneself.

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