self-suf·​fi·​cien·​cy ˌself-sə-ˈfi-shən(t)-sē How to pronounce self-sufficiency (audio)
: the quality or state of being self-sufficient

Examples of self-sufficiency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To my mind, these little candies, with all their unassuming qualities, represent self-sufficiency in the South, a place where cottage industry thrives and enables people to survive. Lisa Donovan, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2023 In the period of rapid industrialization after the U.S. pushed Japan to open its borders in 1854, ending centuries of isolationism and near self-sufficiency, Western equaled modern. Hannah Kirshner, The Atlantic, 6 Dec. 2023 State public-assistance programs should be there to provide support in times of need but designed to emphasize the importance of self-sufficiency. Arthur B. Laffer, National Review, 18 Oct. 2023 The goal is to provide a place to live right away and a path to self-sufficiency. Gail Cornwall, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Xi’s new industrialization plan looks more like a way to contextualize China’s policy goals, which are primarily intended to help achieve tech self-sufficiency and compete with the West, rather than to boost GDP growth, analysts from Capital Economics said. Laura He, CNN, 6 Oct. 2023 In recent years, a wave of new analysis has spurred a critical rethinking of what Green Revolution-style farming really means for food supplies and self-sufficiency. Glenn Davis Stone, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2023 The residents of Adjuntas have chosen a path toward self-sufficiency and a power system that is relatively clean, decentralized, and resilient. Maximiliano Ferrari, IEEE Spectrum, 16 Sep. 2023 But Europe has no intention of cutting relations with China or seeking self-sufficiency or import substitution, Valdis Dombrovskis said during a Monday keynote speech at Tsinghua University. Laura He, CNN, 25 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-sufficiency was in 1598

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“Self-sufficiency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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