sustainable

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adjective sus·tain·able \ sə-ˈstā-nə-bəl \

Definition of sustainable

1 :capable of being sustained
2 a :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

sustainability

play \-ˌstā-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

sustainably

play \-ˈstā-nə-blē\ adverb

Examples of sustainable in a Sentence

  1. a line of argument that is probably not sustainable in a public forum against skilled debaters

  2. has no sustainable claim to the property without a deed or some other document

Recent Examples of sustainable from the Web

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First Known Use of sustainable

1924


SUSTAINABLE Defined for English Language Learners

sustainable

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adjective

Definition of sustainable for English Language Learners

  • : 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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