What is the difference between sustainable and sustainability?

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Sustainable is a related term of sustainability.

Sustainability is a related term of sustainable.

As a adjective sustainable

is able to be sustained.

As a noun sustainability is

the ability to sustain something.

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(en adjective)
  • Able to be sustained.
  • Able to be produced or sustained for an indefinite period without damaging the environment, or without depleting a resource; renewable.
  • * 2008 , Kate L. Harrison, The Green Bride Guide , ISBN 140221345X, page 174 [http://books.google.com/books?id=O5FyqGQmdpUC&pg=PA174&dq=sustainable]:
  • In addition to the resources listed in the organic and local food sections earlier, a good source of sustainable meat is Heritage Foods USA (heritagefoodsusa.com).
  • * 2008 August–October, Dawn Brighid, "A Taste of Hope", in Organic Gardening , ISSN 1536-108X, volume 55, number 6, page 73 [http://books.google.com/books?id=S8MDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA73&dq=%22that+sustainable%22]:
  • Some critics have asserted that sustainable food is "elitist"; that it's too expensive and not widely available.
  • * 2010 , , ISBN 9780061718946, page 129 [http://books.google.com/books?id=_-Z6Umuq68EC&pg=PA129&dq=sustainable]:
  • A city on a hill—or many cities on hills—surrounded by unbroken vistas of beautiful countryside; small, thriving, family-run farms growing organic, seasonal, and sustainable fruits and vegetables specific to the region.





  • The ability to sustain something.
  • (ecology) A means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, planning and acting for the ability to maintain these ideals for future generations.
  • Antonyms

    * unsustainability