Self-executing

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Self-executing broadly refers to something that goes into effect or can be enforced after being created without anything else required. Often self-executing refers to a clause of a contract or law that makes the document effective after the document is signed or other requirement. Self-executing is to be contrasted with documents, legislation, or rights that require other steps in order to be enforced. 

[Last updated in August of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team