self-ful·​fill·​ing ˌself-fu̇l-ˈfi-liŋ How to pronounce self-fulfilling (audio)
: becoming real or true by virtue of having been predicted or expected
a self-fulfilling prophecy
: marked by or achieving self-fulfillment

Examples of self-fulfilling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coverage feeds a narrative of a campaign in trouble, which becomes self-fulfilling. Trip Gabriel, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug. 2023 This has paved the way for many corny, pandering projects that have failed, thus sustaining the self-fulfilling prophecy that maybe Latinos simply don’t like to buy books, or watch TV, or whatever. Jp Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 Her self-fulfilling manipulations of cotton and recycled nylon now have the adoration of both a growing fan base and larger fashion institutions: Earlier this year, the designer won the prestigious Karl Lagerfeld Innovation Award at the Woolmark Prize. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Aug. 2023 So, despite centuries of self-serving and self-fulfilling prophecies from institutions that benefit from the belief that humans – even newborns – are inherently evil or sinful (and conveniently need saving by those institutions), people are not inherently good or bad. Dan Carsen, al, 23 July 2023 That decision was almost certainly shaped by the complicated politics of running a major research university, in which concerns that a president has lost the ability to lead can quickly become self-fulfilling. Jonathan Wosen and Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 20 July 2023 Unfortunately, starting a conversation in this way can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Janine Schindler, Forbes, 17 July 2023 That proves a self-fulfilling prophecy, as Fabio and Co. have one day only during which to complete their masterpieces. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 6 July 2023 Assuming the worst can become a self-fulfilling prophecy! USA TODAY, 4 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-fulfilling was in 1832

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“Self-fulfilling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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