sus·​tain·​able | \ sə-ˈstā-nə-bəl How to pronounce sustainable (audio) \

Definition of sustainable

1 : capable of being sustained
2a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged sustainable techniques sustainable agriculture
b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods sustainable society

Other Words from sustainable

sustainability \ sə-​ˌstā-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce sustainable (audio) \ noun
sustainably \ sə-​ˈstā-​nə-​blē How to pronounce sustainable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sustainable in a Sentence

a line of argument that is probably not sustainable in a public forum against skilled debaters has no sustainable claim to the property without a deed or some other document
Recent Examples on the Web Protests help future activists decide to take on leadership roles, sign up to volunteer, find a community in which their activism is sustainable. Glamour, 11 May 2022 Analysts have also questioned whether the growth in demand for industrial space is sustainable given the glut this market has suffered in the past. Chris Wack, WSJ, 11 May 2022 When the government of Wales was established in 1999, there was a clause in the legislation which stipulated that the government should have sustainable development as a central organizing principle. Sofia Lotto Persio, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 At least four senior officials have resigned their posts and departed the country, the highest ranking among them being Anatoly Chubais, the Kremlin special envoy for sustainable development and Yeltsin-era privatization czar. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Existing development patterns, combined with climate change, are leading the world away from sustainable development, Carr said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2022 On the issues of diversity and sustainable development, Ruh stresses that the industry is doing considerably more in these areas and the results are visible. Ed Meza, Variety, 8 Feb. 2022 The technology has also seen Polestar switch to aluminum suppliers which use sustainable energy. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2022 There are questions over just how sustainable these arrangements will be. Ayman Oghanna, NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sustainable

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sustainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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