Simple Definition of subsist
: to exist or continue to exist
Full Definition of subsist
2 : to have or acquire the necessities of life (as food and clothing); especially : to nourish oneself <subsisting on roots, berries and grubs>
3a : to hold trueb : to be logically conceivable as the subject of true statements
: to support with provisions
Examples of subsist
The author's right to royalties shall subsist for the term of the copyright.
<a love that was as great as any that ever did subsist>
Origin of subsist
Late Latin subsistere to exist, from Latin, to come to a halt, remain, from sub- + sistere to come to a stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 1549
Rhymes with subsist
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