Origin of Subsist
From French subsister, from Latin subsistere (“to take a stand or position, stand still, stop, stay, remain, continue"), from sub (“under") + sistere (“to cause to stand, place"). Compare consist, desist, exist, insist, persist.
Latin subsistere to support sub- sub- sistere to stand stā- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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