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 Given this, the question is how do companies and individuals enable themselves to be a part of the gig economy and contribute towards the global economic, sustainable and inclusive growth. C.p. Gurnani, Quartz India, "What Indian millennials, companies and the government can do for the gig economy to succeed," 5 Feb. 2020 After Victoria Beckham Beauty asserted a clear point of view — clean, sustainable, undeniably posh beauty products, with a personal touch from Beckham's own sensibilities — the brand ventured into an even more exciting space: skin care. Megan Decker,, "Victoria Beckham Just Launched A Groundbreaking Skin-Care Serum," 5 Feb. 2020 The style also looks to be sustainable, made out of recycled tissue nylon. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Sustainable Shirtdress from Staud Is Finally Available," 4 Feb. 2020 The versatile grass grows abundantly across much of the country and is both organic and sustainable. National Geographic, "what does a 3,000-year-old voice sound like?," 27 Jan. 2020 Meaningful and sustainable access for Detroiters has to be the goal. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "1st recreational weed dispensary in metro Detroit opens in River Rouge," 21 Jan. 2020 Ryan has promised environmentally-sustainable innovations, from green building practices to the largest urban solar array in the state. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "It’s official: Ryan Cos. buy former Ford site in Highland Park for $61 million," 19 Dec. 2019 The complex’s website touts that the building on Southwest 30th Avenue provides green and sustainable apartment living. oregonlive, "Portland residents had 3 days to leave city-owned apartment complex with a failing roof," 3 Dec. 2019 And thanks to the help of New Balance, Reformation is set to unveil a series of sneakers that are stylish and sustainable. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Reformation and New Balance Collaborated on Sustainable Sneakers," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Sustainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 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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