Definition of self-supporting in English:


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1Having the resources to be able to survive without outside assistance: the colonies must be, if nothing else, self-supporting a self-supporting sea eagle population
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  • Such a cost-benefit ratio lends weight to the proposition that, in many cases, infrastructure can be self-supporting, generating its own land value revenue source.
  • As a self-supporting enterprise, space flight is far more costly than air travel.
  • In this instance, over time they should become financially self-supporting.
self-sufficient, self-sustaining, self-reliant, self-standing, able to stand on one's own two feet, living on one's hump;
self-contained, independent, self-made, autarkic, autarkical
2Staying up or upright without being supported by something else: arches were originally self-supporting structures
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  • In addition, the mechanical bond allows the structure to become self-supporting.
  • That's why I've come up with my own solution to make this little corner of the page self-supporting.
  • The prefabricated broadcast studios feature magnetically attached fabric wrapped panels and a self-supporting wood panel system that is isolated from the booths to maintain acoustical integrity.



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  • Is there a middle-class person in America who doesn't understand the relation of education and skills to self-support in the twenty-first century?
  • The continuing hope behind all this is that teenagers completing courses acquire skills and self-confidence for job hunting or self-support.
  • The local reaction has disempowered many young people and denied them access to self-support and to the support of others who share their concerns.

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