Self-contained meaning

sĕlf'kən-tānd'
The definition of self contained refers to something or someone that is complete on its own and that doesn't need anything else.

An example of self contained is an all-in-one stereo system that has the speakers, wire and receiver and doesn't need anything else.

An example of self contained is a person totally content with his own company and not needy for the love, company or support of others.

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Constituting a complete and independent unit in and of itself.

A self-contained dictionary defines every word contained within it.

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Keeping one's affairs to oneself; reserved.
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Showing self-command or self-control.
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Having all working parts, complete with motive power, in an enclosed unit.
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Having within oneself or itself all that is necessary; self-sufficient, as a community.
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Not requiring external or additional support; complete in itself.

A self-contained apartment.

A self-contained classroom.

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Origin of self-contained