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subsistence

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noun sub·sis·tence \səb-ˈsis-tən(t)s\

Simple Definition of subsistence

  • : the amount of food, money, etc., that is needed to stay alive

Full Definition of subsistence

  1. 1a (1) :  real being :  existence (2) :  the condition of remaining in existence :  continuation, persistenceb :  an essential characteristic quality of something that existsc :  the character possessed by whatever is logically conceivable

  2. 2 :  means of subsisting: asa :  the minimum (as of food and shelter) necessary to support lifeb :  a source or means of obtaining the necessities of life

sub·sis·tent play \-tənt\ adjective

Examples of subsistence

  1. They depended on hunting and fishing for subsistence.

  2. Farming is their means of subsistence.



Origin of subsistence

Middle English, from Late Latin subsistentia, from subsistent-, subsistens, present participle of subsistere


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with subsistence



SUBSISTENCE Defined for Kids

subsistence

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noun sub·sis·tence \səb-ˈsis-təns\

Definition of subsistence

  1. :  the smallest amount (as of food and clothing) necessary to support life





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