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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But this visit is also an opportunity to learn more about the future of Fiji, your economic growth, sustainable tourism development and social enterprises. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Recalls Queen Elizabeth's Visits to Fiji in His Speech at Tonight's State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 If confirmed by the Senate, the Leesburg resident would be based in Rome, the headquarters of the three main international organizations involved in fighting world hunger and promoting sustainable development. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana agribusinessman Kip Tom tapped by Trump for food ambassador job," 11 July 2018 In his remarks, Francis urged governments to honor their Paris commitments and said institutions like the IMF and World Bank had important roles to play in encouraging reforms promoting sustainable development. Nicole Winfield, chicagotribune.com, "Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage," 6 July 2018 Our leaders must engage the community to develop a path to sustainable development and a safe, viable and thriving community where those who labor daily to build it, can live in it. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 In 2015, as Buk, who now has a wife and two children, studied sustainable human development at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, Haddonfield’s Dickstein reached out. Will Feuer, Philly.com, "He was a child soldier. Now he's hoping to earn a Master's from Emory, and some Haddonfield students are here to help," 24 June 2018 While recycling helps mitigate some of that waste, gadget makers have begun experimenting with new materials that can make products more sustainable from the start. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sleek new speaker features recyclable wood cabinet," 27 Dec. 2018 Christina Tung didn't exactly mean to create her own sustainable jewelry brand. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Jewelry Brand Is Cutting Back on Waste with Affordable, Handmade Earrings," 13 Dec. 2018 That turned into a collection of tops, sweaters, skirts, dresses, jackets, and trousers—all made from sustainable materials—that retail for under $500. Amy Hou, Glamour, "The Black Leggings I Never Hesitate to Wear As Pants," 4 Dec. 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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