[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

Examples from the Web for self-supporting

Contemporary Examples of self-supporting

  • There is hope that the site will one day be self-supporting from ad sales.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Africa's WikiLeaks

    Philip Shenon

    August 12, 2010

Historical Examples of self-supporting

  • 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



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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