subsist

verb sub·sist \ səb-ˈsist \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of subsist

intransitive verb
1 a : to have existence : be
2 : to have or acquire the necessities of life (such as food and clothing); especially : to nourish oneself
  • subsisting on roots, berries and grubs
3 a : to hold true
b : to be logically conceivable as the subject of true statements
transitive verb
: to support with provisions

Examples of subsist in a Sentence

  1. The author's right to royalties shall subsist for the term of the copyright.

  2. a love that was as great as any that ever did subsist

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Origin and Etymology 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



SUBSIST Defined for English Language Learners

subsist

verb

Definition of subsist for English Language Learners

  • : to exist or continue to exist


SUBSIST Defined for Kids

subsist

verb sub·sist \ səb-ˈsist \

Definition of subsist for Students

subsisted; subsisting
: to continue living or being
  • They subsisted on bread and water.


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