: helping someone or something to stay alive : supporting or extending life
life-sustaining medical treatment
The storm brought life-sustaining rain/water to the farms.

Examples of life-sustaining in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This male individual has selected a small cylindrical container, likely filled with life-sustaining H2O, and is tilting it expertly towards his intake orifice. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2023 Coupled with major advances in the quality of U.S. care through initiatives like the T1D Exchange and innovative models like Blue Circle Health, the news of a future where that life-sustaining drug is more affordable is certainly something to celebrate. David Panzirer, STAT, 24 Oct. 2023 In other words, hibernation allows animals to stretch their fat reserves farther by reducing their body’s temperature and life-sustaining processes to a minimum. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 16 Oct. 2023 Salmon advocates insist dams are operated in ways that harm Chinook salmon by denying them life-sustaining flows of cold water. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 What the books do show is how these two major news organizations managed to pivot to life-sustaining digital subscriptions while much of the local news landscape lay in ruins. Julia M. Klein, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Rebecca Gilman sees a lot of metaphors in the prairie, an ecosystem that may seem unruly and unproductive at first glance but follows its own delicate laws and maintains a network of life-sustaining biological relationships. In Swing State, Vulture, 17 Sep. 2023 Then in March, Autostraddle asked the community to donate $175,000 to a life-sustaining fundraiser—stating that without the money, Autostraddle wouldn’t make it to Pride Month. Sara Youngblood Gregory, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2023 The new law additionally requires hospitals to track and report to the Health and Human Services Commission when doctors are withdrawing life-sustaining care. Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'life-sustaining.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near life-sustaining

Cite this Entry

“Life-sustaining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!