self-sustaining

adjective self-sus·tain·ing \ ˌself-sə-ˈstā-niŋ \

Definition of self-sustaining

1 : maintaining or able to maintain oneself or itself by independent effort
  • a self-sustaining community
2 : maintaining or able to maintain itself once commenced
  • a self-sustaining nuclear reaction

First Known Use of self-sustaining

1799



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