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self-sustaining

[self-suh-stey-ning, self-] /ˈsɛlf səˈsteɪ nɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/
adjective
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
Related forms
self-sustained, adjective
self-sustainingly, adverb
self-sustainment, noun
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  • Colonizing space will teach us to be self-sustaining without damaging worlds that sustain us.
  • My goal was to make the habitat as self-sustaining as possible and to maximize the use of the continuous solar exposure.
  • There's an argument for diverse neighborhood structure that supports transit and that is self-sustaining.
  • They were self-sustaining because the heated rocks ejected the water as steam.
  • The first is the strength of the recovery-whether it is self-sustaining, or still propped up by government stimulus.
  • But none of these became self-sustaining in the way that science is today.
  • Mobile-phone networks are built by private companies, not governments or charities, and are economically self-sustaining.
  • New self-sustaining dog houses are perfect for the eco-conscious pooch owner.
  • As the brain's feedback controls get rewired, the neurons end up in a self-sustaining loop, producing a constant ringing.
  • We need open-access journals that will be self-sustaining.
Word Origin and History for self-sustaining
adj.

1806, from self- + present participle of sustain (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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