Definition of livelihood
1 : means of support or subsistence (see subsistence 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 of livelihood from the Web
PERSPECTIVES Taking away someone's livelihood for a mistake, won't help anyone.
For some people, this is really a matter of their livelihood, so people are hesitating for very good reasons to say, ‘
But the judicial buck usually stops in the lower courts, and the decisions made by lower court judges are likelier to have a far broader impact on lives and livelihoods of those who seek justice through the federal judicial system.
At least the women in Girls Trip provide ribaldry — emphasizing the search for immediate physical pleasure as their own personal due and as a relief from the tension of sustaining their livelihoods.
But the unsuccessful takeover also upended Turkish society and institutions, as well as the lives of and livelihoods of individual Turks who have been linked directly or indirectly.
The Greenfield farmer decided last spring to turn a chunk of his livelihood into a nonprofit with the goal to feed the community.
The land under the Grain-for-Green Program is in what’s typically called ‘working landscapes,’ or landscapes which support the livelihood of rural communities,
While this may seem trivial to some people, my looks were my livelihood in Hollywood.
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LIVELIHOOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of livelihood for English Language Learners
: a way of earning money in order to live
LIVELIHOOD Defined for Kids
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