au·​tar·​kic ȯ-ˈtär-kik How to pronounce autarkic (audio)
: of, relating to, or marked by autarky
autarkical adjective

Examples of autarkic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In India and China, culture, industrial policy, and other structural factors have further facilitated an autarkic turn. Scott Malcomson, Foreign Affairs, 26 Apr. 2021 In the 1960s, trade accounted for just ten percent of U.S. GDP, not far off from the rigidly autarkic communist societies of the Soviet Union (four percent) and China (five percent). Scott Malcomson, Foreign Affairs, 26 Apr. 2021 Third, instead of engaging in autarkic policies to build the technologies of the future and produce the raw materials needed for them through industrial policy, the U.S., EU, Japan, and other allies ought to use comparative advantages to build these technologies. Thomas J. Duesterberg and David Asher, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2022 To live freely and yet remain at once autarkic and socially viable was no cinch for a single woman at the time. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Unless we’re truly heading to an autarkic war-footing, those supply chains will continue to crisscross the globe. Washington Post, 31 May 2019 Both problems can be solved if governments see mini-grids not as autarkic outposts, but as part of a master plan. The Economist, 12 July 2018

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Word History


autarky + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autarkic was in 1936

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“Autarkic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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