adjective Date: 1591 1. a. complete in itself ; independent <
a self-contained machine
a self-contained program of study
b. built-in <
a lectern with a self-contained light fixture
2. a. showing self-control b. formal and reserved in manner • self-containedly adverbself-containedness nounself-containment noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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