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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
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  • In Labrador these missions are largely, though by no means wholly, self-supporting.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • It seems as if a kingdom really could be self-supporting in here.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • "I've never seen a self-supporting cat," Miss Thorley laughed.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett
  • Isn't it wonderful that George Washington and Solomon are self-supporting?

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett
  • No matter how decrepit the latter, he has been taught to be independent, self-supporting.

    Marriage and Love Emma Goldman
  • Every one knows that the students of Harlowe House are self-supporting.

    Grace Harlowe's Problem Jessie Graham Flower
  • These fellows have to be fed, hardy and self-supporting as they are.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • The poor may be industrious, self-reliant and self-supporting.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Twenty-five years from to-day the churches will be self-supporting.

    Fundamentals of Prosperity Roger W. Babson
British Dictionary definitions for self-supporting


able to support or maintain oneself without the help of others
able to stand up or hold firm without support, props, attachments, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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