Definition of subsistence
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 : means of subsisting: asa : the minimum (as of food and shelter) necessary to support lifeb : a source or means of obtaining the necessities of life
subsistentplay \-tənt\ adjective
Examples of subsistence in a sentence
They depended on hunting and fishing for subsistence.
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
Definition of subsistence for English Language Learners
: the amount of food, money, etc., that is needed to stay alive
SUBSISTENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of subsistence for Students
: the smallest amount (as of food and clothing) necessary to support life
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