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

  • adj. Capable of being sustained.
  • adj. Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment: sustainable agriculture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be sustained.
  • adj. Able to be sustained for an indefinite period without damaging the environment, or without depleting a resource; renewable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being sustained or maintained.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being sustained or maintained: as, the action is not sustainable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being sustained


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sustain +‎ -able


  • So be careful with the term "sustainable consumption."

    Gregory Unruh: Sustainable Consumption Is a Myth

  • Everyone also likes the term "sustainable development," and they can even parrot back the Brundtland definition a United Nations commission, formed in 1983 and named for the Norwegian politician Gro Harlem Brundtland, said that development should meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    Gregory Unruh: Sustainable Consumption Is a Myth

  • And as the crisis of the oceans becomes clearer, the term "sustainable farming" is gaining as much resonance for the sea as for land - and is just as difficult to achieve.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Critics, who charge that the NPPF is heavily skewed in favour of economic development over social or environmental concerns, have demanded a clear definition of the term "sustainable development".

    The Guardian World News

  • I've been in over a dozen meetings now with organizations like the World Economic Forum and the U.N. Global Compact where people use the word "sustainable consumption."

    Gregory Unruh: Sustainable Consumption Is a Myth

  • Wouldn't it be great if in 5 years the term sustainable no longer exists because we will have accomplished just that - sustaining the planet.

    "Go green" goes down -- send greenwashing with it | The Greenwash Brigade | Marketplace from American Public Media

  • With smarts, creativity and innovation, and before the term sustainable development was even widely used, CNT has been demonstrating its unique brand of sustainable development: development that is good for the economy and the environment; makes better use of existing resources and community assets; and improves the health of natural systems and the wealth of people—today and in the future.

    Green Building Tour: Center for Neighborhood Technology

  • Energy produced and used in ways that support human development over the long term, in all its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, is what is meant in this report by the term sustainable energy.

    Chapter 7

  • The term sustainable agriculture is widely used today to describe agriculture that has the goals of conserving the environment for the future and providing nutritious food for all people equitably (section 1.2).

    5. How plants live and grow

  • The term sustainable means different things to different people.

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  • able to continue without causing damage to the environment

    April 27, 2010