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self-sustaining

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

  • A right knowledge and apprehension of the past teaches humbleness and self-sustainment to the present.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index

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  • Emerson said that The Nation had “breadth, variety, self-sustainment, and an admirable style of thought and expression.”

    Historical Essays

    James Ford Rhodes


Word Origin and History for self-sustainment

self-sustaining

adj.

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

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