[self-suh-fish-uh nt, self-]
- able to supply one's own or its own needs without external assistance: The nation grows enough grain to be self-sufficient.
- having extreme confidence in one's own resources, powers, etc.: He was self-sufficient, and always reminded you of it.
Also self-suf·fic·ing [self-suh-fahy-sing] /ˌsɛlf səˈfaɪ sɪŋ/.
Origin of self-sufficient
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for self-sufficiency
But such an approach works against the traditional pride in self-sufficiency espoused by many in the American middle class.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Domestically, the former governor offers an avowedly nationalistic agenda, focused on American self-sufficiency.Iowa Frontrunner Mike Huckabee Talks to The Daily Beast
September 22, 2014
Academic studies have found that mental health parenting evaluations often take this self-sufficiency view of parenting.One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
Food in Calabria was pride, self-sufficiency and community all mixed together in one mouthful.A Young Chef Travels to Calabria, Italy, and Learns the Old Ways of Cooking
November 28, 2013
I feel conservative in terms of limited government, individual responsibility, self-sufficiency — that sort of thing.Ted Olson, the Conservative Republican Who Argued for Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court
March 26, 2013
"You have evolved all this from your own spiritual pride and self-sufficiency," said he, hotly.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
His self-sufficiency was proof against anything of that sort.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
We have, as a nation, no small share of self-sufficiency and self-esteem.
Cecilia had thrown him over with most abominable unconcern and self-sufficiency.Kept in the Dark
But I refuse to call the realisation of self, self-sufficiency.My Reminiscences
- able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others
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Word Origin and History for self-sufficiency
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