self-sustaining

adjective
self-sus·​tain·​ing | \ ˌself-sə-ˈstā-niŋ How to pronounce self-sustaining (audio) \

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

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-sustaining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-sustaining. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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