- 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 self-subsistence
What mystery in its longevity, in its self-subsistence, in its self-renovation!Demonology and Devil-lore
Moncure Daniel Conway
Faith clings to the self-subsistence of God; love does away with it.The Essence of Christianity
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.
- 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 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.