[self-suh-fish-uh nt, self-]
- 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
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Related Wordsefficient, competent, confident, self-supporting, self-sustaining, arrogant, closed, conceited, egotistic, haughty, independent, individual, self-confident, smug, unit, self-dependent
Examples from the Web for self-sufficient
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Sheriff Wheeler described the compound as a self-sufficient community with its own food supply.The New Polygamists on the Block: Warren Jeffs’s FLDS on the Move?
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When you take any beginning industry, you do want to subsidize it until it's self-sufficient.No Japan Effect: Steven Chu's Plan for Clean and Safe Energy in America
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Even his ways of sitting and standing provoke me, they are so self-sufficient.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
He was a corpulent, florid man, purse-proud, and self-sufficient.Scaramouche
They were so free, so untrammelled and self-sufficient; yes, and so barbarous, too.Hidden Water
A structure as huge and complex as this had to be self-sufficient.The Status Civilization
He looked pretty much like a self-sufficient, self-contained adult.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
- able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others
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Word Origin and History for self-sufficient
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