- capable of being supported or upheld, as by having its weight borne from below.
- pertaining to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse: sustainable agriculture. Aquaculture is a sustainable alternative to overfishing.
- able to be maintained or kept going, as an action or process: a sustainable negotiation between the two countries.
- able to be confirmed or upheld: a sustainable decision.
- able to be supported as with the basic necessities or sufficient funds: a sustainable life.
Origin of sustainable
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Examples from the Web for sustainable
There will be a lot of talk about “sustainable” development, but so far that has been elusive.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
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Islanders calling for sustainable tourism options may be too late.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts
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Frankly speaking, we do not see any other way for sustainable development of the Ukrainian state other than a federal state.Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion, and Probably Will
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They might actually have a sustainable business model if that were the case.‘Is It Really News?': Cable Journos Squirm Over Flight 370 Overload
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It sounds crazy, and only time will tell whether it proves to be sustainable.Makers
This year, we must also do more to support democratic renewal and human rights and sustainable development all around the world.
Niebuhrs inference against a blood connection from Ciceros definition is not sustainable.Ancient Society
Lewis Henry Morgan
- capable of being sustained
- (of economic development, energy sources, etc) capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damagesustainable development
- (of economic growth) non-inflationary
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Word Origin and History for sustainable
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