Subsistence definition

səb-sĭstəns
A means of subsisting, especially means barely sufficient to maintain life.
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The quality of being inherent.
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The act or state of subsisting.
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Something that has real or substantial existence.
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(christianity) Hypostasis.
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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.

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The act of providing sustenance.
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Means of support or livelihood; often, specif., the barest means in terms of food, clothing, and shelter needed to sustain life.
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The status of something that exists in itself as an individual whole.
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The status of something whose very act of existing is its essence, as God.
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The quality of being logically conceivable.
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Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
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That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; as, a meager subsistence.
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(theology) A person, specifically the person of Christ or of another part of the Trinity; hypostasis.
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Existence; being; continuance.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
subsistence
Plural:
subsistences

Origin of subsistence

  • From Late Latin subsistentia (“substance, reality, in Medieval Latin also stability"), from Latin subsistens, present participle of subsistere (“to continue, subsist"); see subsist.

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