self-sufficient ˌself-sufˈficient adjective
providing all the things that are needed without help from outside:

• A more self-sufficient region in Asia would be better able to provide its own raw materials and markets.

self-sufficient in

• We 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.

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self-sufficient UK US /ˌselfsəˈfɪʃənt/ adjective FINANCE, COMMERCE
able to provide everything you need for yourself, especially food, without buying from or being helped by others: be self-sufficient in sth »

Currently, the UK is only 62% self-sufficient in beef.


Building its own marketing organisation in the US would allow the company to become financially self-sufficient and market its own products.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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