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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)
Origin of self-sufficient
Related forms
self-sufficiency, noun
self-sufficiently, adverb
unself-sufficiency, noun
unself-sufficient, adjective
unself-sufficiently, adverb Unabridged
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  • For one thing, their mothers-in-law are self-sufficient and do not need daily medical care.
  • The agricultural sector has become self-sufficient in the production of beef, poultry, and eggs.
  • But no philosophy is tagged to the description, which is self-sufficient.
  • When you make something practical with your kids, you are helping them become self-sufficient.
  • The little hexagonal modules that make up the flying drone are completely self-sufficient.
  • The robot cannot be a self-sufficient android, cyborg or any other killing or thinking machine.
  • Each of these monasteries are self-sufficient in as much as the monks consume what they grow and rise on that land.
  • And its discovery also shows that the ship was self-sufficient, replete with a small floating repair shop, and kitchen.
  • During the three-week expedition, the group has little contact with the outside world and must be totally self-sufficient.
  • These robots could be programmed to find the raw fuel for these cells on their own, becoming completely self-sufficient.
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.

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