Definition of sustainably in US English:



  • 1In a way that can be maintained at a certain rate or level.

    ‘a firm's ability to grow sustainably and profitably’
    ‘sustainably low prices’
    • ‘We will keep the rentals as low as sustainably possible.’
    • ‘Lower unit costs allow sustainably lower prices to customers.’
    • ‘The government will continue to work alongside stakeholders on policies and initiatives to lift growth to a sustainably higher plane.’
    • ‘It symbolizes the commitment he and his wife made to run that business sustainably.’
    • ‘The fund focuses on companies with sustainably high cash flows.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that avoids the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
      ‘an increasing emphasis on finding means of living sustainably’
      ‘sustainably managed forests’
      ‘locally, sustainably grown food’
      • ‘Interior wood paneling comes from certified sustainably managed forests.’
      • ‘Water resources must be conserved and used sustainably.’
      • ‘It took a long time to learn how to farm salmon properly and sustainably.’
      • ‘Much of the food on offer is organic or sustainably produced.’
      • ‘Most of us believe that living sustainably is a responsible thing to do.’
      • ‘Living sustainably requires the use of renewable energy, consuming less, reducing waste and recycling more.’
      • ‘The country needs to work a lot harder to try to find ways to live sustainably with its own land.’
      • ‘Where has that water come from and was it sustainably harvested?’
      • ‘They've been farming sustainably since the early 1980s.’
      • ‘This is sustainably produced organic salmon with a low oil content.’