Definition of sustainability in English:


Pronunciation /səˌstānəˈbilədē/ /səˌsteɪnəˈbɪlədi/


  • 1The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.

    ‘the sustainability of economic growth’
    ‘the long-term sustainability of the project’
    • ‘Healthy soil is identified as the first priority for long-term sustainability of food production.’
    • ‘Consultants questioned the long-term financial sustainability of the healthcare system.’
    • ‘There can be no fiscal sustainability without a return to economic growth.’
    • ‘We pursue economic sustainability through sound business principles.’
    • ‘Sustainability benefits clients, primarily by lowering operating costs.’
    1. 1.1Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
      ‘the pursuit of global environmental sustainability’
      ‘the ecological sustainability of the planet’
      • ‘People are concerned about the ecological sustainability of marine farming.’
      • ‘Investment in biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability is needed to maintain the country's international obligations.’
      • ‘Human harvesting of shellfish has raised concerns over ecosystem sustainability.’
      • ‘A major step towards ecological sustainability is to stop our incessant shopping.’
      • ‘Solar panels could be used on the new development as part of a drive towards environmental sustainability.’



/səˌstānəˈbilədē/ /səˌsteɪnəˈbɪlədi/