self-fulfilling

adjective self-ful·fill·ing \ ˌself-fu̇l-ˈfi-liŋ \

Definition of self-fulfilling

1 : becoming real or true by virtue of having been predicted or expected
  • a self-fulfilling prophecy
2 : marked by or achieving self-fulfillment

First Known Use of self-fulfilling

1876

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SELF-FULFILLING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of self-fulfilling for English Language Learners

  • : becoming real or true because it was predicted or expected

  • : providing happiness and satisfaction


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