self-contained

adjective self-con·tained \ ˌself-kən-ˈtānd \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018
1 a : complete in itself : independent
  • a self-contained machine
  • a self-contained program of study
b : built-in
  • a lectern with a self-contained light fixture
2 a : showing self-control
b : formal and reserved in manner

self-containedly

play \ˌself-kən-ˈtā-nəd-lē, -ˈtānd-lē\ adverb

self-containedness

play \ˌself-kən-ˈtā-nəd-nəs, -ˈtān(d)-nəs\ noun

self-containment

play \ˌself-kən-ˈtān-mənt\ noun

First Known Use of self-contained

1605

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SELF-CONTAINED Defined for English Language Learners

self-contained

  • : 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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