subsistence

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noun sub·sis·tence \səb-ˈsis-tən(t)s\

Definition of subsistence

  1. 1a (1) :  real being :  existence (2) :  the condition of remaining in existence :  continuation, persistenceb :  an essential characteristic quality of something that existsc :  the character possessed by whatever is logically conceivable

  2. 2 :  means of subsisting: such asa :  the minimum (as of food and shelter) necessary to support lifeb :  a source or means of obtaining the necessities of life

subsistent

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Examples of subsistence in a Sentence

  1. They depended on hunting and fishing for subsistence.

  2. Farming is their means of subsistence.

Origin and Etymology of subsistence

Middle English, from Late Latin subsistentia, from subsistent-, subsistens, present participle of subsistere


First Known Use: 15th century



SUBSISTENCE Defined for English Language Learners

subsistence

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noun sub·sis·tence \səb-ˈsis-tən(t)s\

Definition of subsistence for English Language Learners

  • : the amount of food, money, etc., that is needed to stay alive


SUBSISTENCE Defined for Kids

subsistence

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noun sub·sis·tence \səb-ˈsis-təns\

Definition of subsistence for Students

  1. :  the smallest amount (as of food and clothing) necessary to support life



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