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[self-suh-fish-uh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf səˈfɪʃ ənt, ˌsɛlf-/
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-sufficing
[self-suh-fahy-sing] /ˌsɛlf səˈfaɪ sɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of self-sufficient
First recorded in 1580-90
Related forms
self-sufficiency, noun
self-sufficiently, adverb
unself-sufficiency, noun
unself-sufficient, adjective
unself-sufficiently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-sufficient
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  • Even his ways of sitting and standing provoke me, they are so self-sufficient.

  • He was a corpulent, florid man, purse-proud, and self-sufficient.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • They were so free, so untrammelled and self-sufficient; yes, and so barbarous, too.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • A structure as huge and complex as this had to be self-sufficient.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • He looked pretty much like a self-sufficient, self-contained adult.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
British Dictionary definitions for self-sufficient


able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others
Derived Forms
self-sufficiency, noun
self-sufficiently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-sufficient

"able to supply one's own needs," 1580s, from self- + sufficient. Related: Self-sufficiently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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