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self-sustaining

[self-suh-stey-ning, self-]
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adjective
  1. self-supporting.

Origin of self-sustaining

First recorded in 1835–45
Related formsself-sus·tained, adjectiveself-sus·tain·ing·ly, adverbself-sus·tain·ment, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Now Belgium is not, as America is, self-sustaining as to food.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Self-sustaining cyclic reaction, like the Bethe solar-phoenix.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • It was not only vast in extent, but permanent and self-sustaining in character.

    Nero

    Jacob Abbott

  • You know why I wish to make her independent and self-sustaining.

  • Consolidated and mobilized the Empire is self-sustaining and invincible.

    The Red Watch

    J. A. Currie


Word Origin and History for self-sustaining

adj.

1806, from self- + present participle of sustain (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper