subsistence farming

noun
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of subsistence farming

1 : farming or a system of farming that provides all or almost all the goods required by the farm family usually without any significant surplus for sale
2 : farming or a system of farming that produces a minimum and often inadequate return to the farmer called also subsistence agriculture

subsistence farmer

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1892

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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