Definition of self-support in US English:

self-support

noun

  • See self-supporting

    • ‘The local reaction has disempowered many young people and denied them access to self-support and to the support of others who share their concerns.’
    • ‘As a result, these missionaries sought to create independent, indigenous churches from the beginning, stressing especially the importance of self-support.’
    • ‘The continuing hope behind all this is that teenagers completing courses acquire skills and self-confidence for job hunting or self-support.’
    • ‘Is there a middle-class person in America who doesn't understand the relation of education and skills to self-support in the twenty-first century?’
    • ‘Cuba's international outreach activities in economic development, research, and education include many entrepreneurial initiatives intended to generate revenue for self-support of departments and research centers.’