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 sustainable (audio) \ noun
sustainably \ sə-​ˈstā-​nə-​blē How to pronounce sustainable (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 Climate Central also noted that multiple franchises are working to make their ballparks more sustainable. Cara Korte, CBS News, "How climate change is affecting America's pastime," 1 Apr. 2021 BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has named former Obama administration climate aide Paul Bodnar as its global head of sustainable investing. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Auto industry calls for massive spending on electric cars," 30 Mar. 2021 Asset managers are among the biggest cheerleaders for sustainable investing. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Putting the Grift in ESG," 20 Mar. 2021 Brian Deese, head of the national economic council, was previously global head of sustainable investing at BlackRock, according to his disclosure. Jonathan Lemire,, "Biden’s top aides unlikely to qualify for COVID-19 relief payments, according to released financial disclosures," 20 Mar. 2021 But the parallels between claims of organic food and sustainable investing do make for an intriguing comparison. Martin Jarzebowski, Forbes, "To Judge ESG Investment Quality, Look Beyond The Label," 18 Mar. 2021 Hedge acknowledged the ongoing concerns about the project, including the environmental impacts, and maintained his pledge that port leaders will work to make the development sustainable. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Inland port opponents call on governor to veto ‘infrastructure bank’ that would fund development," 18 Mar. 2021 Asset managers are among the biggest cheerleaders for sustainable investing. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Tidal Wave of ESG Funds Brings Profit to Wall Street," 16 Mar. 2021 As for sourcing, HRH aims to make everything sustainable. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This London Designer Makes the Largest Extreme Scrunchies," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Sustainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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