From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishself-sufficientˌself-sufˈficient adjective INDEPENDENT PERSONable to provide all the things you need without help from other people a self-sufficient farmself-sufficient in Australia is 65% self-sufficient in oil. —self-sufficiency noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpusself-sufficient• She'd always seemed so self-contained, so self-sufficient.• We are 75 percent. self-sufficient.• The new technologies have made India agriculturally self-sufficient.• But they are never complete or self-sufficient.• The Amish belong to a self-sufficient community that has existed for over 200 years.• It was never his intention, he said, to create a self-sufficient community.• We grew up in a close-knit, self-sufficient family with few outside friends.• His father died when he was seven, and consequently Joe learned to be self-sufficient from an early age.• France was self-sufficient in cereals, and exported its surplus.• Britain used to be fully self-sufficient in coal.• The evidence also showed that the Amish have an excellent record as law-abiding and generally self-sufficient members of society...• Further, education prepares individuals to be self-reliant and self-sufficient participants in society.• Who is going to pay for the necessary education to make them into productive, self-sufficient people?• Many areas of the world still have self-sufficient rural economies.• The design is based on the timber ship building pattern in which each section is a self-sufficient unit.From Longman Business Dictionaryself-sufficientˌself-sufˈficient adjective providing all the things that are needed without help from outsideA more self-sufficient region in Asia would be better able to provide its own raw materials and markets.self-sufficient inWe are trying to make Japan more self-sufficient in energy. —self-sufficiency noun [uncountable]The country is pursuing an agenda of self-sufficiency in rice production.