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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Brands like Under the Canopy specialize in organic cotton while bedding maker Coyuchi ensures that every part of their process from low-impact dyes to eco-conscious shipping practices is sustainable. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Furniture that inspires you to relax and is sustainable? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Summer Collection Is Designed to Help You Destress," 1 Apr. 2019 The Nats’ season and Harper’s financial future may be riding on whether the fix is sustainable. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Working with Woolmark gave me the opportunity to try my hand at new fabrications that are sustainable. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brandon Maxwell Pivots to Activewear for the Woolmark Prize," 15 Feb. 2019 The production process is ethical and environmentally sustainable, aligning with Parachute's notable brand ethos of authenticity and social responsibility. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Parachute Launches New Collection of Cozy, Handwoven Area Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 An industry considered sustainable today can seem nefarious tomorrow—just look at biomass. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Biomass Mess Shows Trouble with Sustainable Investing," 7 Mar. 2019 Much of the cottage was constructed of natural and sustainable materials that bring nature inside the 1,200 square-foot space. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 In Pennsylvania a new crop of farmers is changing the industry by focusing on sustainable and organic practices, and bringing their young families along for the ride. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "ICE protester sues Philly police, young Pa. farmers shake up industry | Morning Newsletter," 11 July 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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