[ self-kuhn-teynd, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf kənˈteɪnd, ˌsɛlf- /
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containing in oneself or itself all that is necessary; independent.
reserved or uncommunicative.
self-controlled or self-possessed.
(of a machine or mechanism) complete in itself.



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Origin of self-contained

First recorded in 1585–95

OTHER WORDS FROM self-contained

self-con·tain·ed·ly [self-kuhn-tey-nid-lee, self-], /ˈsɛlf kənˈteɪ nɪd li, ˌsɛlf-/, adverbself-con·tain·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-contained



containing within itself all parts necessary for completeness
(of a flat) having its own kitchen, bathroom, and lavatory not shared by others and usually having its own entrance
able or tending to keep one's feelings, thoughts, etc, to oneself; reserved
able to control one's feelings or emotions in the presence of others

Derived forms of self-contained

self-containedly, adverbself-containedness, noun
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