Definitions for: Subsistence


[n] minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting; "social security provided only a bare subsistence"
[n] the state of existing in reality; having substance
[n] a means of surviving; "farming is a hard means of subsistence"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sub*sist"ence, n. [Cf. F. subsistance, L.
subsistentia.]
1. Real being; existence.

Not only the things had subsistence, but the very
images were of some creatures existing.
--Stillingfleet.

2. Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.

3. That which furnishes support to animal life; means of
support; provisions, or that which produces provisions;
livelihood; as, a meager subsistence.

His viceroy could only propose to himself a
comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his
province. --Addison.

4. (Theol.) Same as Hypostasis, 2. --Hooker.

See Also: being, beingness, bread and butter, endurance, existence, keep, livelihood, living, support, survival, sustenance

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