self-sufficient

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From self- +‎ sufficient, originally after Ancient Greek αὐτάρκης (autárkēs).

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self-sufficient (comparative more self-sufficient, superlative most self-sufficient)

  1. Able to provide for oneself independently of others; not needing external support. [from 16th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Overconfident in one's own abilities; arrogant. [17th–20th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. II, ch. 71:
      In spite of these conscientious reflections, he was too self-sufficient to think he should find any difficulty in obtaining forgiveness for these sins of omission [] .

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