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: complete in itself : independent
a self-contained machine a self-contained program of study
a lectern with a self-contained light fixture
: showing self-control
: formal and reserved in manner
1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
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: not requiring help or support from anyone or anything else : complete by itself
: tending to keep thoughts and feelings private and to deal with things without help from other people
: having a kitchen and bathroom
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