sustainable

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

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 \ noun
sustainably \ sə-​ˈstā-​nə-​blē \ 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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The fact that rental is a more sustainable form of consumption was simply icing on the cake. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Need a New Dress for Awards Season—or Just Friday Night Dinner? Rent It at Armarium and Eco-Age’s Pop-Up in Los Angeles," 1 Feb. 2019 More resources are needed to adjudicate asylum claims more rapidly, to secure people with pending claims in sustainable and humane ways, and to assist Central American countries in combating the underlying issues that drive people north. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shutdown is intractable because Trump’s wall is ridiculous and Republicans know it," 8 Jan. 2019 But Stoa, the author of Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry, argues that in a world where cannabis is legal, there is a route for cannabis agriculture to stay sustainable and local. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why the future of marijuana farming could be craft weed," 21 Nov. 2018 So there are a number of different facets that go into making our trips incredibly sustainable and environmentally friendly. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Leigh Barnes of the Intrepid Group on Being a More Conscious Traveler," 16 Nov. 2018 As the issue becomes more and more dangerous to the environment, a growing list of companies are looking to become more sustainable in their operations—especially those in the fashion and beauty industries. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Burberry, H&M, L'Oreal and More Sign on to Address Global Plastic Crisis," 29 Oct. 2018 It’s hard to turn ephemera into a sustainable career. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Comedian Demi Adejuyigbe raised $17,820 for charity through his Earth, Wind & Fire meme," 3 Oct. 2018 Still, other trends do appear sustainable and could help boost growth above the roughly 2 percent annual pace that’s prevailed since the 2008-09 financial crisis and Great Recession ended. Marcy Gordon, The Seattle Times, "Trump officials predict sustained growth in the economy," 30 July 2018 More than 220,000 Mongolian families depend on herding, but more than half have fewer than 200 animals, government figures show, well below the 250-to-300 threshold considered economically sustainable. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 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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