Meaning of “sustainable” in the English Dictionary

"sustainable" in British English

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sustainableadjective

uk /səˈsteɪ.nə.bəl/ us /səˈsteɪ.nə.bəl/
sustainability
noun [ U ] uk /səˌsteɪ.nəˈbɪl.ə.ti/ us /səˌsteɪ.nəˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/

(Definition of “sustainable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sustainable" in American English

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sustainableadjective

us /səˈsteɪ·nə·bəl/

able to be maintained or continued:

The growth momentum is likely to be sustainable into next year.
sustainability
noun [ U ] /səˌsteɪ·nəˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

We remain committed to ensuring sustainability of our social security system.

(Definition of “sustainable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sustainable" in Business English

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sustainableadjective

uk /səˈsteɪnəbl/ us

able to continue at the same level for a period of time:

Marketing plays a key role in a company's plan for sustainable business development.
sustainable/growth/success/value The question of how to achieve long-term sustainable growth in shareholder value is re-emerging.

ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES using methods that do not harm the environment so that natural resources are still available in the future:

The ethical brand donates 10% of profits to support sustainable development.

(Definition of “sustainable” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)