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[self-foo l-fil-ing] /ˈsɛlf fʊlˈfɪl ɪŋ/
characterized by or bringing about self-fulfillment.
happening or brought about as a result of being foretold, expected, or talked about:
a self-fulfilling prophecy.
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Because the more value the copies accrue, the more desirable they become, the spread of the product becomes self-fulfilling.
  • If you go into interviews with a negative perception of your teaching ability, that will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Flatly, the idea is a self-fulfilling prophecy, pure drivel.
  • Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage.
  • For old fashioned gals, the smaller checks may be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • self-fulfilling prophesies where this negative fortunetelling goes on between people.
  • There is a danger that putting the sea in the same sentence as the cold war too often is self-fulfilling.
  • To some extent the setting of operational targets is self-fulfilling.
  • Such beliefs, once they take hold, are likely to be self-fulfilling.
  • Instead, it has turned out to be the industry's natural rhythm, and has become a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts.
British Dictionary definitions for self-fulfilling


(of an opinion or prediction) borne out because it is expected to be true or to happen: a self-fulfilling prophecy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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