[ self-suh-fish-uh nt, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf səˈfɪʃ ənt, ˌsɛlf- /


able to supply one's own or its own needs without external assistance: The nation grows enough grain to be self-sufficient.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM self-sufficient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for self-sufficient




able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others

Derived forms of self-sufficient

self-sufficiency, nounself-sufficiently, adverb
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