- the state or fact of subsisting.
- the state or fact of existing.
- the providing of sustenance or support.
- means of supporting life; a living or livelihood.
- the source from which food and other items necessary to exist are obtained.
- existence, especially of an independent entity.
- the quality of having timeless or abstract existence.
- mode of existence or that by which a substance is individualized.
Origin of subsistence
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Examples from the Web for subsistence
These are young fathers, rural farmers, usually growing banana or coffee or subsistence crops.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Hunter-gatherers and subsistence farmers work hard to obtain every calorie they eat.Is Your Chair Killing You? The Consequences of Comfort
Daniel E. Lieberman
October 14, 2013
Moreover, the settlements rely for their subsistence on profligate funding and services provided by the state of Israel.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process
Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon
September 25, 2013
If adopted on a large scale, locavorism can only re-create the misery inherent to subsistence agriculture.Why Locavorism Doesn’t Make Us Happier, Healthier, or Safer
Pierre Desrochers, Hiroko Shimizu
July 1, 2012
By that I mean providing education, providing health care, daily living, subsistence and so on.Is Angelina Bad for Africa?
March 26, 2009
After this their subsistence was procured exclusively by hunting.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
Their children had diminished no other's share, each had come with his or her own means of subsistence.Fruitfulness
From what source, then, do you get your means of subsistence?The Memorabilia
On the sale of his poetical works he is wholly dependent for subsistence.
Fowls and goats seem the only other means of subsistence of these people.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
- the means by which one maintains life
- the act or condition of subsisting
- a thing that has real existence
- the state of being inherent
- philosophy an inferior mode of being ascribed to the references of general terms which do not in fact existSee also nonbeing
Word Origin and History for subsistence
early 15c., "existence, independence," from Late Latin subsistentia "substance, reality," from Latin subsistens, present participle of subsistere "stand still or firm," from sub "under, up to" (see sub-) + sistere "to assume a standing position," from stare "to stand" (see assist). Properly a loan-translation of Greek hypostasis "subsistence," literally "anything placed under." Meaning "provision of support for animal life" is from 1640s.