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Definition of "self-sufficient" [self•-suf•fi•cient]

  • Able to provide for oneself without the help of others; independent. (adjective)
  • Having undue confidence; smug. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "self-sufficient" in a sentence
  • "She worked for Women for Women International, an aid group that helps women in war zones become self-sufficient."
  • "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."
  • "And given its high costs and strategic use, we were trying to become self-sufficient for some years, says a senior DRDO official."