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self- +‎ contained



self-contained (comparative more self-contained, superlative most self-contained)

  1. Not requiring external or additional support; complete in itself.
    a self-contained apartment
    a self-contained classroom
    • 1961 February, R. K. Evans, “The role of research on British Railways”, in Trains Illustrated, page 92:
      Each of these can be further sub-divided into self-contained divisions; the technical research department, for example, includes Engineering and Chemical Divisions.
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 109:
      Whereas the history of the London Underground is generally very fiddly, the history of the Waterloo & City is blessedly self-contained and simple.
    • 2020 December 16, Chris Howe, “Merseyrail sets its sights on network expansion”, in Rail, page 34:
      Merseyrail is, in effect, a self-contained network with eight termini. At six of these [...], passengers can transfer onto national rail network services.
  2. (of a person) Wrapped up in oneself; reserved.