[ self-suh-pawrt, -pohrt, self- ]
See synonyms for: self-supportself-supports on

  1. the supporting or maintaining of oneself or itself without reliance on outside aid.

Origin of self-support

First recorded in 1760–70

Other words from self-support

  • self-sup·port·ed, adjective
  • self-sup·port·ed·ness, noun
  • self-sup·port·ing, adjective
  • self-sup·port·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby self-support Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use self-support in a sentence

  • 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