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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 refers to the principle of meeting our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It typically involves balancing economic growth, social development, and environmental protection, so that advancements and improvement in one area do not harm the others. It can be applied to various areas such as energy, agriculture, business, and more.


  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. Thierry Breton:

    European consumers rightly expect more environment-friendly and longer-lasting products, more sustainability and resource efficiency also means more resilience when a crisis disrupts our industrial supply chains.

  2. Lorenzo Fioramonti:

    The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model, i want to make the Italian education system the first education system that puts the environment and society at the core of everything we learn in school.

  3. Fredrik Eriksson:

    The banquet is held in extremely high regard internationally and the quality of the food served must be absolutely world-class, the food must have clear Swedish influences and carefully selected produce with good sustainability. There must be creativity but with a classic tone.

  4. Christine Lagarde:

    Debt sustainability and green sustainability will strengthen BRI sustainability.

  5. Rachel Golder:

    I don't really have much faith in the long-term sustainability of the US high-yield rally, it can persist for a while longer because we've seen a number of positive recent developments - including improving US data and looser financial conditions - but we do think spreads will end the year wider than where they are now.

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