Subsistence is defined as the very basic necessities of life.
Farming to provide yourself with the necessary food to eat is an example of subsistence.
- existence; being; continuance
- the act of providing sustenance
- means of support or livelihood; often, specif., the barest means in terms of food, clothing, and shelter needed to sustain life
- the quality of being inherent
- the status of something that exists in itself as an individual whole
- the status of something whose very act of existing is its essence, as God
- the quality of being logically conceivable
Origin of subsistenceMiddle English from Ecclesiastical Late Latin subsistentia from Classical Latin subsistere: see subsist
- The act or state of subsisting.
- A means of subsisting, especially means barely sufficient to maintain life.
- Something that has real or substantial existence.
- Christianity Hypostasis.
- Real being; existence.
- Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
- That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; as, a meager subsistence.
- (theology) A person, specifically the person of Christ or of another part of the Trinity; hypostasis.