›(alsoself-regulatory)LAW, HRused to describe an industry, profession, etc. that checks that its members act according to particular rules, rather than having this done by another organization: a self-regulatory body/organizationThe HKSA is a self-regulatory body governing the professional conduct of accounting professionals in Hong Kong.
›used to describe a system, machine, etc. that is able to correct itself when things begin to go wrong, without outside help: The proposal is to make the system self-regulating by arranging for any pollutant from the factory to foul the factory process water.Trade deficits have a self-regulating element. → See alsoself-correcting