Definition of subsist
2 : to have or acquire the necessities of life (such 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 in a sentence
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 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
First Known Use: 1549
SUBSIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subsist for English Language Learners
: to exist or continue to exist
SUBSIST Defined for Kids
Definition of subsist for Students
: to continue living or being They subsisted on bread and water.
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