Simple Definition of subsistence
: the amount of food, money, etc., that is needed to stay alive
Full Definition of subsistence
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 : 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
Examples of subsistence
They depended on hunting and fishing for subsistence.
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
SUBSISTENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of subsistence
: the smallest amount (as of food and clothing) necessary to support life
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