- to exist; continue in existence.
- to remain alive; live, as on food, resources, etc.
- to have existence in, or by reason of, something.
- to reside, lie, or consist (usually followed by in).
- to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
- to have existence, especially independent existence.
- to provide sustenance or support for; maintain.
Origin of subsist
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Examples from the Web for self-subsisting
They carry their home with them, self-subsisting, self-relying.From Capetown to Ladysmith
G. W. Steevens
The science of Real Being--of Being in se--of self-subsisting entities, is declared to be impossible.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Our inference of the simple from the composite is valid only of self-subsisting things.The Critique of Pure Reason
One alone, the incomprehensible Author of all things, is self-subsisting in his perfect Unity.Lectures on Art
- (often foll by on) to be sustained; manage to liveto subsist on milk
- to continue in existence
- (foll by in) to lie or reside by virtue (of); consist
- to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
- to be conceivable
- (tr) obsolete to provide with support
C16: from Latin subsistere to stand firm, from sub- up + sistere to make a stand
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Word Origin and History for self-subsisting
1540s, "to exist," from Latin subsistere "to stand still or firm," (see subsistence). Meaning "to support oneself" (in a certain way) is from 1640s. Related: Subsisted; subsisting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper