- Subsist is to continue to exist or to stay alive.
- If there are remaining lingering anti-feminist feelings in an old boys club, this is an example of when anti-feminist feelings subsist.
- When you can only afford rice and beans, this is an example of when you subsist on rice and beans.
subsist definition by Webster's New World
- to continue to be or exist; have existence as a reality, entity, etc.
- to continue to be in use, force, etc.
- to continue to live; remain alive (on sustenance, by specific means, etc.); be sustained
- to consist or inhere (in)
- Philos. to be logically conceivable and have being as a conceptual entity that may be the subject of true statements
Origin: Classical Latin subsistere, to stand still, stay, abide ; from sub-, under plush sistere, to place, stand, reduplicated, reduplication of base of stare, to stand
subsist definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sub·sist·ed, sub·sist·ing, sub·sists verb, intransitive
- a. To exist; be.b. To remain or continue in existence.
- To maintain life; live: subsisted on one meal a day.
- To be logically conceivable.
Origin: Latin subsistere, to support : sub-, sub- + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- sub·sistˈer noun