sustainable

adjective
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

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Other Words from sustainable

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

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And the farms weren't especially sustainable, with only about 10 percent of all the inputs coming from renewable resources. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 The fight in Afghanistan is at a stalemate, and the significant number of Afghan troop deaths in the war is not sustainable, the Marine officer nominated to command U.S. forces in the Middle East told lawmakers on Tuesday. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US general to Congress: War in Afghanistan is at stalemate," 4 Dec. 2018 So to spur the birds’ rebound, researchers say that farming practices must change radically to become more sustainable. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 2018 Steps are taken towards fulfilling a sustainable, trusting relationship as topics like material stability are addressed. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Libra Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 The Philly Shipyard can’t build a sustainable business. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Amazon China Powers Down; Balance in Warehousing; Shipbuilding on Idle," 18 Apr. 2019 With Pre-Fall around the corner and the Fall 2019 shows not far behind—and the sustainable movement growing by the day—now’s the time for designers to experiment and get involved. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Is Faux Leather Even Better Than the Real Thing? These 3 Designers Say Yes," 8 Nov. 2018 The New York company quickly rose in the sustainable seafood movement. Margie Mason And Martha Mendoza, latimes.com, "Local, sustainably caught fish? Seafood distributor's murky supply chain is exposed," 14 June 2018 The deceleration reflects long-term efforts to guide the economy toward a more sustainable model of growth and away from excessive reliance on construction spending and exports. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "China’s premier reassures region on growth, South China Sea," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sustainable

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sustainable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sustainable

: able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed
: involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources
: able to last or continue for a long time

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