Definition of self-fulfilling in US English:

self-fulfilling

adjective

  • (of an opinion or prediction) bound to be proved correct or to come true as a result of behavior caused by its being expressed.

    ‘expecting something to be bad can turn out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy’
    • ‘Our failures begin to resemble self-fulfilling prophecies, born of the knowledge that most of us can happily fool ourselves most of the time.’
    • ‘Convince the electorate that membership is inevitable and it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘They start spending all their time in bed and their muscles atrophy and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘Over the years, the curse has served as a blanket term for a variety of shortcomings and has been something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘We could make it a self-fulfilling prophecy if we assume they have civility and regard them all and treat them all as one.’
    • ‘Otherwise, the self-fulfilling prophecy it alludes to would occur and the band wouldn't exist anymore, right?’
    • ‘Wishing will ensure that nothing changes, fulfilling the self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘To me this stereotype, like many, if not all stereotypes, was nothing but a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘Reportedly, he has said he is to be a one-term prime minister, which may prove to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘That raises the danger that telling people what way they are going to vote results in the polls becoming self-fulfilling prophecies.’
    • ‘This cruel word becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, that view could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘Some have warned that labelling children in this way can be counterproductive, perhaps proving to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘Wringing our hands and saying nothing will ever happen because he's Superman is a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘Predictions of an economic crisis became self-fulfilling prophecies.’
    • ‘Williams told everyone who would listen that his players were useless, and it eventually proved to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘Perhaps the naming of our cats was sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘The celebrity juggernaut becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘Children often know what is expected of them, and believing that children will behave poorly can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
    • ‘The real danger of resting on this comfortable pew is that we've come to expect our place in the world to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.’

Pronunciation

self-fulfilling

/ˈˌsɛlf fə(l)ˈfɪlɪŋ/