Definition of self-contained adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌself kənˈteɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌself kənˈteɪnd//
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  1. 1not needing or depending on other people Her father was a quiet self-contained man. a self-contained life
  2. 2able to operate or exist without outside help or influence synonym independent a self-contained community Each chapter is self-contained and can be studied in isolation.
  3. 3[usually before noun] (British English) (of a flat/an apartment) having its own kitchen, bathroom and entrance self-contained accommodation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: self-contained