[ self-suh-pawrt, -pohrt, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf səˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt, ˌsɛlf- /


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, 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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for self-supporting



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