the supporting or maintaining of oneself or itself without reliance on outside aid.
- self-sup·port·ed, adjective
- self-sup·port·ed·ness, noun
- self-sup·port·ing, adjective
- self-sup·port·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use self-support in a sentence
A country so steeped in manmade misfortunes, so proud of its ethos of self-support, was caught unaware when nature struck.
She saw herself condemned to stand alone, and at a season when she was not strengthened by pure self-support.Rhoda Fleming, Complete | George Meredith
How often has the dignity of self-support and self-respect been gained when an external prop has been removed!How to be Happy Though Married | E. J. Hardy.
Here my self-support gave way all at once, and I broke into a passion of crying.The World's Greatest Books, Vol III | Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Girls are kept as long as necessary to train for self-support.Commercialized Prostitution in New York City | George Jackson Kneeland
So long accustomed to submit to and lean upon despotic authority, its various nationalities had lost the power of self-support.Mexico and its Religion | Robert A. Wilson