self-sufficient

[self-suh-fish-uh nt, self-]
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adjective
  1. able to supply one's own or its own needs without external assistance: The nation grows enough grain to be self-sufficient.
  2. having extreme confidence in one's own resources, powers, etc.: He was self-sufficient, and always reminded you of it.
Also self-suf·fic·ing [self-suh-fahy-sing] /ˌsɛlf səˈfaɪ sɪŋ/.

Origin of self-sufficient

First recorded in 1580–90
Related formsself-suf·fi·cien·cy, nounself-suf·fi·cient·ly, adverbun·self-suf·fi·cien·cy, nounun·self-suf·fi·cient, adjectiveun·self-suf·fi·cient·ly, adverb
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Related Words for self-sufficiency

autonomy, self-reliance, independence, self-support, self-sustenance

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British Dictionary definitions for self-sufficiency

self-sufficient

self-sufficing

adjective
  1. able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others
Derived Formsself-sufficiency, nounself-sufficiently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-sufficiency
n.

1620s, originally an attribute of God (translating Greek autakreia), from self- + sufficiency. Of mortals, self-sufficient "able to supply one's own needs" is recorded from 1580s.

self-sufficient

adj.

"able to supply one's own needs," 1580s, from self- + sufficient. Related: Self-sufficiently.

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