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 Coco's will feature an upscale menu of steak, seafood and entrees that will showcase local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coco's Seafood and Steakhouse in Oconomowoc will have an upscale menu and vast wine selection," 25 Feb. 2020 Arctic Bath’s restaurant, which seats up to 24 guests, emphasizes a menu with local and sustainable cuisine. Jp Mangalindan, Fortune, "Watch the aurora borealis at this new Swedish resort and spa," 25 Feb. 2020 One of those innovators is Bernice Dapaah, founder and CEO of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, which uses local, sustainable bamboo to build bikes. Samantha Barry, Glamour, "At the Makers Conference, This Year’s Takeaway: Beauty Shouldn’t Be a Competitive Sport," 24 Feb. 2020 Honey is a sustainable and eco-friendly product at a time when many consumers are making that a priority. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Sustainable, versatile, global, delicious: Honey's got buzz," 24 Feb. 2020 Researchers determined that treating the wastewater and reusing it for hydraulic fracturing was the best and most sustainable option and key for the future of the industry. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Studies: Water reuse key to the future of shale," 21 Feb. 2020 My work on armed conflict, the environment and peacebuilding indicates that careful and sustainable use of Afghanistan’s abundant natural resources could be one path toward recovery. Elizabeth B. Hessami, The Conversation, "US-Taliban truce begins, feeding hope of a peaceful, more prosperous Afghanistan," 21 Feb. 2020 Pundits have argued over whether a carbon tax would create or kill jobs ever since the U.S. Green Party first floated the Green New Deal, a plan to build a sustainable, environmentally clean economy. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Carbon Taxes Would Boost Jobs across the U.S.," 21 Feb. 2020 Now clients have a choice in ethical and sustainable design. Jordan Guinn,, "Designer Profile: Terri Weist, Organic Interiors," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sustainable

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Feb 2020

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“Sustainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 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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