self-sustaining
adjective Date: 1799 1. maintaining or able to maintain oneself or itself by independent effort <
a self-sustaining community
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2. maintaining or able to maintain itself once commenced <
a self-sustaining nuclear reaction
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • self-sustaining — [self′sə stān′iŋ] adj. 1. supporting or able to support oneself or itself 2. able to continue once begun self sustained adj …   English World dictionary

  • self-sustaining — self sus taining adjective able to continue living or existing in the same way without help from other people: a self sustaining economy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • self-sustaining — ADJ A self sustaining process or system is able to continue by itself without anyone or anything else becoming involved. Asia s emerging economies will be on a self sustaining cycle of growth... Biologists say the area might be large enough to… …   English dictionary

  • self-sustaining — self sustained, adj. self sustainingly, adv. self sustainment, n. /self seuh stay ning, self /, adj. self supporting. [1835 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-sustaining — self′ sustain′ing adj. able to support or sustain oneself or itself without outside aid • Etymology: 1835–45 self′ sustained′, adj. self′ sustain′ingly, adv. self′ sustain′ment, n …   From formal English to slang

  • self-sustaining — adj. sustaining oneself or itself. Derivatives: self sustained adj …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-sustaining — /sɛlf səˈsteɪnɪŋ/ (say self suh stayning) adjective self supporting …   Australian English dictionary

  • self-sustaining — adjective a) able to provide for ones own needs without help from others; self sufficient b) able to sustain itself without the need for additional fuel …   Wiktionary

  • self-sustaining — existing by independent means, self supporting …   English contemporary dictionary

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