self-de·​pen·​dent ˌself-di-ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce self-dependent (audio)
: marked by dependence on one's own resources or exertions
Left early to his own guidance, he had begun to be self-dependent while yet a boy …Nathaniel Hawthorne

Examples of self-dependent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film’s plot is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy that Indians should be self-dependent to achieve their goals. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-dependent was in 1642

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“Self-dependent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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