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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sustainabilitynoun

    the property of being sustainable


  1. sustainabilitynoun

    the ability to sustain something

  2. sustainabilitynoun

    a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, planning and acting for the ability to maintain these ideals for future generations


  1. Sustainability

    Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions. Sustainability requires the reconciliation of environmental, social equity and economic demands - also referred to as the "three pillars" of sustainability or. Healthy ecosystems and environments are necessary to the survival and flourishing of humans and other organisms. There are a number of major ways of reducing negative human impact. The first of these is environmental management. This approach is based largely on information gained from earth science, environmental science and conservation biology. The second approach is management of human consumption of resources, which is based largely on information gained from economics. A third more recent approach adds cultural and political concerns into the sustainability matrix. Sustainability interfaces with economics through the social and environmental consequences of economic activity. Sustainability economics involves ecological economics where social aspects including cultural, health-related and monetary/financial aspects are integrated. Moving towards sustainability is also a social challenge that entails international and national law, urban planning and transport, local and individual lifestyles and ethical consumerism. Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms from reorganising living conditions, reappraising economic sectors, or work practices, using science to develop new technologies, to adjustments in individual lifestyles that conserve natural resources.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. sustainability

    The ability to maintain the necessary level and duration of operational activity to achieve military objectives. Sustainability is a function of providing for and maintaining those levels of ready forces, materiel, and consumables necessary to support military effort. See also readiness.

  2. sustainability

    See military capability.

Editors Contribution

  1. sustainability

    Creating and showing the ability to be sustained or sustainable.

    Sustainability is a wise and intelligent action by all businesses, companies and organizations.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sustainability in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sustainability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sustainability in a Sentence

  1. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble:

    I am fairly confident that we (international creditors including the IMF) will reach a joint assessment of (Greece's) debt sustainability in October.

  2. Philip Miller:

    We are going to have to work hard on speed in policy formation. Innovations always outpace policy and we need these technologies now, not in 2050, i think it is going to require us, as an entire agri-food chain, to do a much better job at helping them (the public) understand the benefit of what we do; helping them understand the sustainability of what we do.

  3. Jessie Holtzman-Rich:

    That's a big part of our curriculum, sustainability issues (and) environmental issues, we do that all year, but this was definitely an unexpected invitation. So, we quickly in the last couple days started bringing that into our curriculum a little bit more.

  4. Forestry Commission:

    All we can do is encourage people to be responsible in their use of the resource, and to plant more trees to ensure its sustainability.

  5. Christian Ettinger:

    We’re using beer as a force for good, beer is really responsible for civilization… (so) it’s such a great landing place for us to focus on sustainability.

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