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[ US /ˌsɛɫfsəˈfɪʃənt, ˌsɛɫfsəˈfɪʃɪnt/ ]
  1. able to provide for your own needs without help from others
    a self-sufficing economic unit
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How To Use self-sufficient In A Sentence

  • The implication was you had to have your own world, you had to be self-sufficient in that way.
  • Carrying a tent and a small camping stove with him, he camped every night during his journey through Europe and Russia, cooking his own food and therefore remaining self-sufficient.
  • The aim is to make the refugee self-sufficient within a year. Times, Sunday Times
  • The paragraph holds luminously good still for either Bobby – Jones or Moore:What we talk about here is not the hero as sportsman, but that something which a civilised community hungered for and found: the best performer in the world who was also hero as human being, the gentle, wholly self-sufficient male. My dream job as Bobby Moore's minder for a fortnight | Frank Keating
  • There's something special about eating in a garden, especially when the garden, with its soaring glasshouse, is home to an inspirational restaurant run along organic, self-sufficient lines.
  • A self-sufficient settlement is analogous to a pin worker who must cut, bend, attach, and deliver by himself.
  • A self-sufficient settlement is analogous to a pin worker who must cut, bend, attach, and deliver by himself.
  • Shaftesbury's formulation of sentimentality as either a manifestation of latitudinarianism or deism, both vaguely secularized systems of advancing self-sufficient virtue as the means by which manners dominated and controlled behavior in the public realm. Talking About Virtue: Paisiello's 'Nina,' Paër's 'Agnese,' and the Sentimental Ethos
  • She had not worked in at least 20 years, was therefore, probably not self-sufficient financially and due to her pre-existing condition was not qualified to seek out private coverage after the COBRA plan ran out. Think Progress » Woman Who Was Denied Insurance Due To Pre-Existing Condition Looking To Get Married For Health Care
  • Those who are economically inactive have to prove that they are financially self-sufficient to be allowed a right to reside. Times, Sunday Times
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