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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. 2017.
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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
  • So long accustomed to submit to and lean upon despotic authority, its various nationalities had lost the power of self-support.

    Mexico and its Religion Robert A. Wilson
  • The problem of the negro relates to his capacity for improvement and self-support.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • He had little time to think of self-support when he became dictator.

    Builders of United Italy Rupert Sargent Holland
  • self-support is essential to the possession of a permanent and happy home.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • This was a refuge for ruined women, whom she trained to self-support.

  • But may there not be some doubts of their self-support in milder regions?

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • Though not fond of sewing, Mary decided to learn dressmaking, because this would give her self-support.

    Lives of Girls Who Became Famous Sarah Knowles Bolton
  • Many of the churches on the Gold Coast have attained to a position of self-support.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • How has the self-support of the Sunday school in the past affected its government?

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