[self-suh-pawrt, -pohrt, self-]


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

Origin of self-support

First recorded in 1760–70
Related formsself-sup·port·ed, adjectiveself-sup·port·ed·ness, nounself-sup·port·ing, adjectiveself-sup·port·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for self-support

autonomy, self-reliance, independence, self-sustenance

Examples from the Web for self-support

Contemporary Examples of self-support

  • A country so steeped in manmade misfortunes, so proud of its ethos of self-support, was caught unaware when nature struck.

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    Israel's Inferno

    Fania Oz-Salzberger

    December 5, 2010

Historical Examples of self-support

  • There are some qualities which are gained by self-support better than in any other way.

    Girls and Women

    Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

  • I do not ignore this, and shall have more to say of self-support elsewhere.

    Girls and Women

    Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

  • The problem of the negro relates to his capacity for improvement and self-support.

    The Choctaw Freedmen

    Robert Elliott Flickinger

  • Self-support is essential to the possession of a permanent and happy home.

    The Choctaw Freedmen

    Robert Elliott Flickinger

  • Diligence was enjoined for self-support, and that others might be helped.


    Calvin Elliott