[self-kuh n-teynd, self-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. self-congratulatory,
  2. self-conscious,
  3. self-consecration,
  4. self-consequence,
  5. self-consistent,
  6. self-containment,
  7. self-contemplation,
  8. self-content,
  9. self-contradiction,
  10. self-contradictory

Origin of self-contained

First recorded in 1585–95

Related formsself-con·tain·ed·ly [self-kuh n-tey-nid-lee, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈteɪ nɪd li, ˌsɛlf-/, adverbself-con·tain·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsself-containedly, adverbself-containedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for self-contained



1590s, from self- + contained (see contain).

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