Meaning of “sustainable” in the English Dictionary

"sustainable" in 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)

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The fisheries sector is facing many problems, so research and scientific support work are powerful tools for the further sustainable development of this sector.
An integrated coastal zone management strategy can in fact provide a suitable framework for the sustainable exploitation of these zones and the activities carried out in them.
With increasing consumption rates, the depletion of fossil fuels is becoming inevitable and we should therefore increase investment in further research and in the development of sustainable transportation.
Is it not time to use some of this money for sustainable development, rural development, protecting biodiversity, removing chemicals and growing food which we can eat happily and safely?
We do not want to forgo this well-being, but we can make it more sustainable, especially in the construction and transport sectors.
Forest-based industries use renewable raw material and the most up-to-date recycling and energy-saving methods, so its contribution may well be especially important for sustainable development.
We will also decide whether it is appropriate to adapt existing assistance programmes within the longer term with the aim of ensuring the sustainable development of the region.
Our objectives in the field of sustainable energy are ambitious, yet still modest in the context of the climate problems we face.
Similarly, only sustainable forestry can provide a proper foundation for a competitive wood industry, while making a crucial contribution to the development of rural areas.
There is a very strong case for rebalancing the figures because unless new, sustainable agricultural outputs are devised, farming and the countryside's problems can only get worse.