Definition of sustainability in English:



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

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