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[self-suh-fish-uh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf səˈfɪʃ ənt, ˌsɛlf-/
able to supply one's own or its own needs without external assistance:
The nation grows enough grain to be self-sufficient.
having extreme confidence in one's own resources, powers, etc.:
He was self-sufficient, and always reminded you of it.
Also, self-sufficing
[self-suh-fahy-sing] /ˌsɛlf səˈfaɪ sɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
Related forms
self-sufficiency, noun
self-sufficiently, adverb
unself-sufficiency, noun
unself-sufficient, adjective
unself-sufficiently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self sufficient
  • Colonization should be next, with an emphasis on developing industrial facilities that can be self sufficient, and profitable.
  • As far as supplying the colonists goes, within a couple of years they could be self sufficient.
  • Perhaps by making it mandatory that every home is electrically self sufficient using wind and solar is part of the answer.
  • The best possible thing for humanity at this point is to get humans off this planet and self sufficient else where's too.
  • Otherwise, the package seems to be pretty self sufficient.
  • There will be enough native farmland to feed herself and there are enough natural resources to be essentially self sufficient.
  • We are mandated by statute to remain self sufficient and will continue to monitor progress.
  • We must look to become more self sufficient in our energy production and green technologies.
British Dictionary definitions for self sufficient


able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others
Derived Forms
self-sufficiency, noun
self-sufficiently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self sufficient



"able to supply one's own needs," 1580s, from self- + sufficient. Related: Self-sufficiently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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