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
Recent Examples on the Web But carriers have said that forgoing the sale of as much as 40% of seats per plane isn’t sustainable. Fortune, "Should the government buy airplane seats so passengers can social distance? American Airlines pilots think so," 24 June 2020 Decluttr makes that last choice a lot easier and has helped over 6 million satisfied customers rid themselves of their old stuff in a sustainable way and make money doing it. Michael Park, CNN Underscored, "Take on tech’s trash problem with Decluttr," 24 June 2020 The sleek sneakers—which are rarely ever on sale—have a cult following thanks to their minimalist design and comfortable fit and the fact that they're made with sustainable materials. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "13 Amazon deals on summer 2020’s trendiest shoes: Crocs, Adidas, and more," 24 June 2020 The country was ravaged and starving by food shortages after World War II, and it's spent decades engineering its own sustainable food supply. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Appalachian firm teams with Dutch government to grow 'ag-tech' epicenter in Kentucky," 24 June 2020 This project is part of our plan to aid the Daimler organization in achieving a more sustainable passenger car fleet. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Mercedes construction runoff muddies Cahaba tributary, Alabama warns," 24 June 2020 Both Delhi and Beijing have spoken of the desire to deescalate and preserve a peaceful relationship following this week's clash in the Himalayas, but many experts are skeptical about how feasible, or sustainable this is. James Griffiths, CNN, "A border dispute with China may push India closer to some of Beijing's top rivals," 18 June 2020 The company’s mission is to inspire visitors tour the island in a sustainable way with mentally, emotionally and spiritually rewarding experiences. Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in Curacao," 11 June 2020 Harris has been a staunch supporter of the AMA’s Center for Health Equity, which was established last year to institute sustainable health equity practices, processes, innovation and organizational performance and outcomes. NBC News, "Dr. Patrice Harris: A steady voice of leadership during a deadly pandemic," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of sustainable

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sustainable was in 1924

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29 Jun 2020

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“Sustainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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