1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If a country or group is self-sufficient, it is able to produce or make everything that it needs.

This enabled the country to become self-sufficient in sugar...

Using traditional methods poor farmers can be virtually self-sufficient.

2) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is self-sufficient is able to live happily without anyone else.

Although she had various boyfriends, Madeleine was, and remains, fiercely self-sufficient...

He'd created a tiny, self-sufficient world for himself.


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