Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

Etymologies

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self- +‎ support

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • Not many married women worked outside their homes in any occupation, and teaching and nursing were regarded as the suitable means of self-support by spinsters.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • CityUnslicker said ... being married is to enter a world of self-support. you have a partner to lean on and to work things through.

    Got Carried Away

  • The president noted at the time that the US had a mission "to help those freedom-loving peoples who need and want and can profitably use our aid that they may advance in their ability for self-support and may add strength to the security and peace of the free world."

    Amitai Etzioni: GOP: Shameful Opposition

  • It was founded in 1897 with the mandate to “improve [young immigrant women's] mental, moral and physical condition, and train them for self-support.”

    Clara De Hirsch Home for Working Girls.

  • However, I also engage in self-support by releasing self-judgment.

    Jason Mannino: 6 Steps To Being Less Overwhelmed In 2009

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