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

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Their pursuit is to be the most respected source for organic mattresses and pillows at affordable prices while maintaining environmentally conscious, ethical, and sustainable business practices. Outside Online, "The Secret to Better Performance? Restful Sleep.," 9 Aug. 2019 The company is launching a new style of home for dementia patients through BoKlok, a joint venture with Swedish construction company Skanska that makes sustainable and affordable housing. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Ikea and the Queen of Sweden are designing homes for people with dementia," 8 Aug. 2019 The Airstream is completely sustainable and off-grid, powered by a lithium battery bank like an electric car, as well as solar panels on the roof. Michelle Matthews |, al, "For this Alabama couple, life on the road is the only way to go," 30 July 2019 The goal of the workshop was to envisage structures — woven from bamboo, a sustainable and local resource — to provide shade for the park, or structures that would filter sunlight through roadway apertures and onto the dark streetscape below. New York Times, "‘The logic of the weave’," 29 July 2019 This creates a regular and environmentally sustainable food supply, as well as gives farmers a guaranteed income. Fortune, "Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Us to Feed Ourselves," 25 July 2019 On Tuesday, the board called Cagle to testify about a motion authored by Barger that would compel a more comprehensive and sustainable staffing plan for the region. Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, "Palmdale boy’s death prompts changes at child welfare agency. But questions remain," 24 July 2019 Finally, investors are becoming more socially aware and putting more of their money behind businesses that behave in sustainable and responsive ways. Elizabeth Schmidt, The Conversation, "Investors, consumers and workers are changing capitalism for the better by demanding companies behave more responsibly," 24 July 2019 Lenders say that level is key to keeping Greece’s high national debt sustainable and have appeared cool to the idea of renegotiating the targets. Washington Post, "After bailouts, Greece wants easier budget targets," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of sustainable

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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