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[self-suh-pawrt, -pohrt, self-]
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  1. the supporting or maintaining of oneself or itself without reliance on outside aid.
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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
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Examples from the Web for self-supporting

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Historical Examples

  • In Labrador these missions are largely, though by no means wholly, self-supporting.

  • It seems as if a kingdom really could be self-supporting in here.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • "I've never seen a self-supporting cat," Miss Thorley laughed.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • Isn't it wonderful that George Washington and Solomon are self-supporting?

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • No matter how decrepit the latter, he has been taught to be independent, self-supporting.

    Marriage and Love

    Emma Goldman

British Dictionary definitions for self-supporting


  1. able to support or maintain oneself without the help of others
  2. able to stand up or hold firm without support, props, attachments, etc
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