Share this entry

Share this page

self-contained

Line breaks: self-contained

Definition of self-contained in English:

adjective

1(Of a thing) complete, or having all that is needed, in itself: every section of the painting is a self-contained unit a handheld, self-contained CD-ROM system
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1British (Of accommodation) having its own kitchen and bathroom, and typically its own private entrance: a group of self-contained flats
More example sentences
  • Other accommodation includes a small self-contained house at the back of the main building, which has a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette and its own entrance that opens onto the cobbled stable yard.
  • The remainder of the property is laid out in bedroom accommodation with a self-contained apartment on the first floor and an additional seven to eight bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floors.
  • There are also 16 converted cottages that provide charming self-contained accommodation in the grounds.
2(Of a person) quiet and independent; not depending on or influenced by others: he’s very self-contained
More 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.
Synonyms
independent, standing on one's own two feet, self-sufficient, self-reliant, introverted, undemonstrative, quiet, private, aloof, insular, reserved, unemotional, uncommunicative, reticent, secretive

Derivatives

self-containment

1
noun
sense 2.
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.

Definition of self-contained in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something