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Able to sustain oneself or itself independently.

self′-sus·tain′ing·ly adv.


able to support or sustain oneself or itself without outside aid.
self′-sustained′, adj.
self′-sustain′ingly, adv.
self′-sustain′ment, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.self-sustaining - able to provide for your own needs without help from others; "a self-sufficing economic unit"
independent - free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"
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To help meet the programs Restoration Goal to restore and maintain self-sustaining fish populations in good condition in the main stem of the San Joaquin River, the Fisheries Framework outlines: goals and objectives for establishing spring-run and fall-run Chinook salmon populations in the Restoration Area; habitat and ecosystem conditions that will support naturally reproducing, self-sustaining salmon populations; the scientific foundation for the planned management actions; and, a proposed Adaptive Management process and implementation plan.
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The Trust is charged with achieving a number of goals, including becoming financially self-sustaining by the end of fiscal year 2015.
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