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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.


  1. sustainable

    Sustainable refers to the ability of a system, process, or resource to maintain its function or productivity over a long period of time without depleting or causing harm to the environment or future generations. It often involves practices that promote ecological balance and conservation, social equity, and economic viability.

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. Jason Verstak:

    For softness, luxury and graceful aging, pure wool carpet is hard to beat, in addition to its natural, sustainable and insulating properties, wool carpet is also easy to maintain.

  2. Kimberly Whitler:

    You're taking money and you're essentially paying the consumer to buy your product, it's taking away resources from building longer term, more sustainable equity in the brand.

  3. Michael Hewson:

    I have seen nothing in this week’s price action to change my view that ultimately the economic prospects in the short to medium term look fairly positive, though events in India could derail any global recovery, particularly if COVID variants migrate out of India, companies are generating fairly decent profits, they are taking people on. The big question is whether the current rebound is sustainable in the short to medium term, but it does look that way.

  4. Ryan Phelan:

    It is unfortunate that biomedical research still relies on the harvesting of a vulnerable wild animal population when there is a simple, effective, sustainable replacement.

  5. World Bank Group:

    We are moving urgently to help countries make major transitions to increase sources of renewable energy, decrease high-carbon energy sources, develop green transport systems, and build sustainable, liveable cities for growing urban populations.

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