capable of being supported or upheld, as by having its weight borne from below.
pertaining to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse: sustainable agriculture. Aquaculture is a sustainable alternative to overfishing.
able to be maintained or kept going, as an action or process: a sustainable negotiation between the two countries.
able to be confirmed or upheld: a sustainable decision.
able to be supported as with the basic necessities or sufficient funds: a sustainable life.
- sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·sus·tain·a·ble, adjective
- non·sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- un·sus·tain·a·ble, adjective
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How to use sustainable in a sentence
The initiative focused on clean and sustainable goods and included topics such as product development, manufacturing, digital marketing, financial planning, fundraising and pitching retailers, among others.Tower 28 Announces Winner Of The Clean Beauty Summer School Program | Hope Wright | September 17, 2020 | Essence.com
Ticonderoga company states the wood used in these pencils is sustainable and comes from responsibly managed sources.
Consumer interest in sustainable food increased 23 percent from 2018 to 2019, according to a recent study by Tastewise, a data platform for the food industry.Instagram's Most Fascinating Subculture? Women Hunters. | Rachel Levin | September 8, 2020 | Outside Online
Providing some level of protection or sustainable management for these lands could achieve various climate and conservation goals, the researchers argue.Protecting half the planet could help solve climate change and save species | Jonathan Lambert | September 4, 2020 | Science News
While most brands invest a solid amount in paid campaigns from the beginning, it’s not exactly a sustainable strategy.Five reasons why SEO should be prioritized over paid media campaigns | Ryan Gould | September 4, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
There will be a lot of talk about “sustainable” development, but so far that has been elusive.
So can Colombians finally dream of a lasting and sustainable peace in 2015?Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia? | Richard McColl | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But it is too early to tell if the changes he helped unleash will prove sustainable, or if they will broadly serve our citizenry.
One-shot holiday needs can also lead to yearlong sustainable relationships.
That leaves the families who make between that and the sustainable-wage level of $48,000 to struggle paycheck to paycheck.Free Market Failure: Raising a Kid Is a Rigged Game in the USA | Monica Potts | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Niebuhrs inference against a blood connection from Ciceros definition is not sustainable.Ancient Society | Lewis Henry Morgan
It sounds crazy, and only time will tell whether it proves to be sustainable.Makers | Cory Doctorow
With every respect for that great lawyer, his argument on this point does not appear sustainable.The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860 | Charles Duke Yonge
We worked to promote environmentally-sustainable economic growth.
This year, we must also do more to support democratic renewal and human rights and sustainable development all around the world.
British Dictionary definitions for sustainable
capable of being sustained
(of economic development, energy sources, etc) capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage: sustainable development
(of economic growth) non-inflationary
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