Definition of self-contained in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌself kənˈtānd/


1(Of a thing) complete, or having all that is needed, in itself.
Example sentences
  • Their completely self-contained unit is environmentally friendly, water wise, while the company will also take away the waste water.
  • It is a completely self-contained cooling unit, which is located outside of the computer case.
  • Planning permission is not required for the sub-division of the altered building into separate self-contained retail units.
complete, independent, separate, free-standing, enclosed
2(Of a person) quiet and independent; not depending on or influenced by others.
Example sentences
  • Fred is a quiet, unassuming, self-contained scientist with a tremendous capacity for seeing a difficult practical problem through to its conclusion.
  • He's now self-contained and self-sufficient in a whole new way and he's even more dangerous here than in Magnolia.
  • I can look after myself better than most people; I'm self-contained.
independent, self-sufficient, self-reliant;
introverted, quiet, private, aloof, insular, reserved, reticent, secretive



Example sentences
  • For many people and for a long time, a white cross on a red background - the Swiss national flag - represented security, neutrality, wealth and a peculiar attitude of smug self-containment reserved for a small nation.
  • Small, dark and wiry, with piercing blue eyes, Max, arguably Britain's greatest living composer, is his usual contradictory mix of calm self-containment and sharp, simmering energy.
  • The theme of self-reliance didn't have any greater political meaning for me as a kid than simply to resonate with my emotional self-containment in the face of familial upheaval.

Words that rhyme with self-contained

ingrained, self-restrained, self-sustained, unascertained, unconstrained, undertrained, undrained, unexplained, unfeigned, unrestrained, unstained, unstrained, unsustained, untrained

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Syllabification: self-con·tained

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