- 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.
Examples from the Web for self-subsistence
Faith clings to the self-subsistence of God; love does away with it.The Essence of Christianity|Ludwig Feuerbach
The only existence of such a reality can be its own self-subsistence.An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy|W. Tudor Jones
How to make the cares of self-subsistence agree with these exacting labors seems to me an insoluble problem in Paris.
What mystery in its longevity, in its self-subsistence, in its self-renovation!Demonology and Devil-lore|Moncure Daniel Conway
British Dictionary definitions for self-subsistence
Word Origin and History for self-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.