own, adjective

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AfrikaansShow more Translation of Afrikaans eie own, characteristic of, peculiar to (and thus divergent from all others).
Of or pertaining exclusively to a particular ethnic group or ‘nation’, especially, since the mid-1980s, as formalized in ‘own affairs’ legislation (see own affair).
1962 A.J. Luthuli Let my People Go 152It came down to the Bantustan idea — ‘political rights’ in our ‘own’ area, and so on.
1976 Sunday Times 1 Aug. 15The old apartheid policy that was re-written in 1958 by Dr Verwoerd as eie-soortige (own identity) development failed shortly after it was proclaimed.
c1979 L.M. Mangope Place for All 18We do not regard it as unreasonable to establish an own Central or Reserve Bank, so that the repatriation of profits to countries outside the ‘Rand bloc’ is not controlled entirely by Pretoria.
1986 E. Prov. Herald 17 Feb. 2Mr Botha..indicated he was not prepared to move away from ‘self-determination for whites’ which he defined as ‘own schools, own residential areas and own way of life’.
1986 Daily Dispatch 14 Aug. 4The leader of the NP in the Transvaal defined these cornerstones as being ‘own’ community life, ‘own’ residential areas and ‘own’ schools.
1991 E. Terre’Blanche on TV1, 13 Mar. (Good Morning South Africa)A nation recognized by the world as an own nation.
Of or pertaining exclusively to a particular ethnic group or ‘nation’, especially, since the mid-1980s, as formalized in ‘own affairs’ legislation (see own affair).

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