[ adjective ] constituting a complete and independent unit in and of itself
"the university is like a self-contained city with shops and all amenities"
Used in print(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
The tensions accompanying a repressive consciousness of wrongdoing or sinning or some tormenting secret are relieved for the less self-contained or self-sufficient by confession , repentance , and penance .(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)
He could not see objects as unified , self-contained , and organized figures , as a person does with normal vision .
[ adjective ] in full control of your faculties
"the witness remained collected throughout the cross-examination" "perfectly poised and sure of himself" "more self-contained and more dependable than many of the early frontiersmen"