live·​li·​hood | \ ˈlīv-lē-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce livelihood (audio) \

Definition of livelihood

1 : means of support or subsistence (see subsistence sense 2) The villagers' main livelihood is fishing.
2 obsolete : the quality or state of being lively

Examples of livelihood in a Sentence

Many fishermen believe that the new regulations threaten their livelihoods.
Recent Examples on the Web That's because his livelihood and love for the Tour has never been so under attack. Adam Schupak, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022 Living in a city where residents’ livelihood is dependent on cars, Foster said being without his car has affected every aspect of his life and limited his employment prospects, significantly setting him back financially. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 The remainder left him with a substantial financial cushion for his livelihood and future medical costs. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 That actor’s livelihood hinges on a fair answer to these questions. Bob Verini, Variety, 15 Sep. 2022 Operating over a total area of 900 feddans, the sustainable agriculture investments and livelihood project (SAIL) was established in 2016 by the MALR with funding from the international fund for agricultural development (IFAD). Egab, Quartz, 15 Sep. 2022 Even minor changes to the climate can have an outsize effect on overall weather and livelihood on the state. Arjun Thakkar,, 2 Sep. 2022 What spotted lanternflies do instead is suck the life out of many species of trees and plants, including those that people rely on for food and livelihood, such as grapes, apples and hops. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 26 Aug. 2022 With support from the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr. Mustapha also opened a center that trains widows in livelihood skills. Innocent Eteng, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of livelihood

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for livelihood

alteration of Middle English livelode course of life, from Old English līflād, from līf + lād course — more at lode

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“Livelihood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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