Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of or capacity for supporting oneself, especially financially, without the help of others.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The support or maintenance of one's self or of itself.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The capacity of independent support; self-sufficiency.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

self- +‎ support

Examples

  • When in the presence of Irish, blacks wallowed in filth and idleness but “where the blacks were found by themselves, we generally encountered tidiness, and some sincere attempt at industry and honest self-support.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • My judgement is that one of the first things to be done with these people, to qualify them for citizenship, for self-protection and self-support, is to impress upon them the family obligations.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The new technology developed to enable human self-support on the surface of Moon and Mars can have valuable applications on Earth, by gaining advances in health care and medicine, resource and environmental management, new construction, better products, new jobs, new world, and many other new areas.

    Last Visit To Hubble - NASA Watch

  • The most formidable act of self-support I can give myself on a daily basis is to meditate, to allow my attention to turn within to the source of support, that which supports all of life, which animates all of life.

    Scott Schwenk: Recognizing Support In Difficult Times

  • The most formidable act of self-support I can give myself on a daily basis is to meditate, to allow my attention to turn within to the source of support, that which supports all of life, which animates all of life.

    Scott Schwenk: Recognizing Support in Difficult Times

  • “Few pastors can get self-support in return for words, words, words,” he wrote in a rare outburst of exasperation.

    PEARL BUCK IN CHINA

  • The most formidable act of self-support I can give myself on a daily basis is to meditate, to allow my attention to turn within to the source of support, that which supports all of life, which animates all of life.

    Scott Schwenk: Recognizing Support in Difficult Times

  • The most formidable act of self-support I can give myself on a daily basis is to meditate, to allow my attention to turn within to the source of support, that which supports all of life, which animates all of life.

    Scott Schwenk: Recognizing Support In Difficult Times

  • The most formidable act of self-support I can give myself on a daily basis is to meditate, to allow my attention to turn within to the source of support, that which supports all of life, which animates all of life.

    Scott Schwenk: Recognizing Support in Difficult Times

  • The most formidable act of self-support I can give myself on a daily basis is to meditate, to allow my attention to turn within to the source of support, that which supports all of life, which animates all of life.

    Scott Schwenk: Recognizing Support in Difficult Times

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