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subsistent

[suh b-sis-tuh nt]
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adjective
  1. subsisting, existing, or continuing in existence.
  2. inherent: subsistent qualities of character.
noun
  1. Philosophy. something that exists necessarily as opposed to contingent existence in space and time.

Origin of subsistent

1520–30; < Latin subsistent- (stem of subsistēns), present participle of subsistere to remain; see subsist, -ent
Related formsnon·sub·sist·ent, adjectivepre·sub·sist·ent, adjectiveself-sub·sist·ent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for subsistent

adj.

1520s, from Latin subsistentem (nominative subsistens), present participle of subsistere (see subsistence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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