• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-sufficiency personal independence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-sufficiency The quality or state of being self-sufficient.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-sufficiency The state or quality of being self-sufficient. Inherent fitness for all ends or purposes; independence of others; capability of working out one's own ends.
    • n self-sufficiency An overweening opinion of one's own endowments or worth; excessive confidence in one's own competence or sufficiency.
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  • Joseph Jacobs
    Joseph Jacobs
    “The successful men of action are not sufficiently self-observant to know exactly on what their success depends.”
  • Critias of Athens
    Critias of Athens
    “If you will discipline yourself to make your mind self-sufficient you will thereby be least vulnerable to injury from the outside.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be self-sufficient.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.”


In literature:

As, I doubt not, the reader is now sufficiently interested to ask the questions, How are self-righting and self-emptying accomplished?
"Battles with the Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne
Cecilia had thrown him over with most abominable unconcern and self-sufficiency.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
We have, as a nation, no small share of self-sufficiency and self-esteem.
"Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General Originally Published In Blackwood's Magazine - 1864" by Charles Lever
But I refuse to call the realisation of self, self-sufficiency.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
And some men are so self-sufficient, so secure.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
This type at its best may be described by the epithet of self-sufficient modesty.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
Dorn listened to their voices, again firm and self-sufficient, chattering formalities.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
But then your men are ungallantly self-sufficient.
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
Self-sufficiency was both a characteristic and a necessity among these Scotch-Irish, English, and German settlers of central Pennsylvania.
"The Fair Play Settlers of the West Branch Valley, 1769-1784" by George D. Wolf
He was not self-sufficient.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga

In poetry:

Ask not behind my moated Soul austere
One Moment on my Secret Self to peer -
Already you have seen Sufficient there
To keep me in a wholesome State of Fear.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Why yes; a man indeed had furnished us
With more occasions to be useful to him.
God knows how readily we should have seized them.
But then he would have nothing--wanted nothing -
Was in himself wrapped up, and self-sufficient,
As angels are.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Program helps CHA become self-sufficient .
ROB WOUTAT A ' subversive plot' for self-sufficiency.
Iran shows new submarines and warships, touts self- sufficiency in defense.
The Salvation Army provided Thanksgiving meals to people trying to reach self- sufficiency .
A free seminar about Animal Care Careers will be offered to teens and adults on Thursday, Sept 27, from 6:30-8 pm at Project Self- Sufficiency .
Anderson School's Self- Sufficiency Plan Progresses.
Fracking Is Misunderstood, It's The Key To Energy Self- Sufficiency .
Self- sufficiency in the Adirondacks.
Russia Sugar Group Is Approaching Self- Sufficiency , Union Says.
Welfare Programs Should Promote Self- sufficiency .
It's time to promote more self- sufficiency .
The Penalty of Self- Sufficiency .
Brazil's ethanol effort helping lead to oil self- sufficiency .
Since they were little girls growing up in Taiwan, Vanessa and Sarah Wen were taught to be self-sufficient.
Efforts May Work Against Iraqi Self- Sufficiency .

In science:

R12 - Do not plan to train the PWDs to be self-sufficient.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
They (caretakers / parents) claimed it was impossible for them to train / organize them to be self sufficient. For it needs specially trained persons to train them as the retardation is medically incurable.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Special training must be given by the government to experts to take care of this children which includes giving psychological counseling to their parents and training these children to be self sufficient.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
We find that four iterations are sufficient to reach the self-consistent quasi-particle levels within 0.05 eV. 2.
The role of screening in the density functional applied on transition metal defects in semiconductors
High-density regions that do not contain a luminous internal source can remain atomic because the gas in them recombines sufficiently fast, and they can self-shield against the external radiation.
The Dark Age of the Universe