subsistence

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sub·sis·tence

noun \səb-ˈsis-tən(t)s\

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

Full Definition of SUBSISTENCE

1
a (1) :  real being :  existence (2) :  the condition of remaining in existence :  continuation, persistence
b :  an essential characteristic quality of something that exists
c :  the character possessed by whatever is logically conceivable
2
:  means of subsisting: as
a :  the minimum (as of food and shelter) necessary to support life
b :  a source or means of obtaining the necessities of life
sub·sis·tent \-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

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