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[self-suh-stey-ning, self-] /ˈsɛlf səˈsteɪ nɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/
Origin of self-sustaining
First recorded in 1835-45
Related forms
self-sustained, adjective
self-sustainingly, adverb
self-sustainment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Consolidated and mobilized the Empire is self-sustaining and invincible.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
Word Origin and History for self-sustaining

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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