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[self-suh-pawrt, -pohrt, self-] /ˈsɛlf səˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt, ˌsɛlf-/
the supporting or maintaining of oneself or itself without reliance on outside aid.
Origin of self-support
First recorded in 1760-70
Related forms
self-supported, adjective
self-supportedness, noun
self-supporting, adjective
self-supportingly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-support
Contemporary Examples
  • A country so steeped in manmade misfortunes, so proud of its ethos of self-support, was caught unaware when nature struck.

Historical Examples
  • There are some qualities which are gained by self-support better than in any other way.

    Girls and Women Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • I do not ignore this, and shall have more to say of self-support elsewhere.

    Girls and Women Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • The problem of the negro relates to his capacity for improvement and self-support.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • self-support is essential to the possession of a permanent and happy home.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • Diligence was enjoined for self-support, and that others might be helped.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • She asked herself that now, and then her self-support became uneven.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • But to face the foreign invader, had this poor people any self-support?

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
  • The native church must not be judged too harshly for its failure in self-support.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • But may there not be some doubts of their self-support in milder regions?

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham

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