What does Sustainable mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sustainableadjective

    capable of being sustained


  1. sustainableadjective

    Able to be sustained.

  2. sustainableadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sustainableadjective

    That may be sustained.

    Etymology: soustenable, Fr. from sustain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sustainableadjective

    capable of being sustained or maintained; as, the action is not sustainable

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. soutenable, OF. soustenable.]

Editors Contribution

  1. sustainable

    A moderate and accurate amount, number or kind, responsible, respectful and always considers the effect on animals, human beings, a supply network, the environment and the planet.

    They have sustainable development goals to achieve and know they are easily achieved.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

  2. sustainable

    Prudent, intelligent, innovative, wise, respectful and responsible use of resources within a business, company, enterprise, organization, household or form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government and the accurate use of budgets, goals, law, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategy, structures, systems, vision, treaties, eligibility criteria, employees, expenditure, funding, guidelines, income, IT system, liquidity, management, policies, resources, technologies, review systems, quality management systems, specific improvement, change and evolution.

    Sustainable change is wise, intelligent and responsible.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sustainable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sustainable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Sustainable in a Sentence

  1. Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver:

    Though America is carrying the world economy at the moment, that is simply not sustainable. We need key pillars of global growth to reassert themselves.

  2. Deutsche Bank:

    A sustainable rise in OPEC production may be just around the corner, and ... the rally may pause, maintenance in the UAE at fields ... is scheduled to end in April, implying a rise from current production of 2.73 million barrels per day (bpd) to the previous 2.91 million bpd production rate in May.

  3. Mike Dunleavy:

    Quite honestly I don't think that my actions in following the constitution, in terms of a veto process, in trying to put together a budget that is going to be sustainable, is  going to end up being a grounds for recall.

  4. Laura Cooper:

    Executive orders in lieu of congressional action is not a sustainable means of achieving and instituting change. Being pro reform and being supportive of law enforcement are not mutually exclusive and the MCCA hopes that any executive action taken will reflect a balance between improving law enforcement transparency and best practices while being supportive of the men and women who protect and serve our cities.

  5. Frank Benzimra:

    For the stress on Asia equity markets to be sustainable we would need to have oil prices spiking to such a level that fundamental concerns, i.e. higher inflation and risks on growth, return to the market.

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    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    • A. greedy
    • B. whirring
    • C. nasty
    • D. brilliant

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