Livelihood definition

līvlē-ho͝od
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Means of support; subsistence.
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Means of living or of supporting life; subsistence.
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The definition of livelihood is the way you make your living and pay for the basic things you need in life.

An example of livelihood is your job or profession.

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(now rare) Property which brings in an income; an estate. [from 15th c.]
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A person's means of supporting himself. [from 14th c.]
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
livelihood
Plural:
livelihoods

Origin of livelihood

  • Middle English livelyhed alteration (influenced by liflihed liveliness, energy, vigor) of livelode from Old English līflād līf life life lād course leit- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English liflode, from Old English lÄ«flād (“course of life, conduct"), from lÄ«f (“life") +"Ž lād (“course, journey"), later altered under the influence of lively, -hood. Compare life, lode.

    From Wiktionary