- to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
- to have existence, especially independent existence.
Origin of subsist
OTHER WORDS FROM subsistsub·sist·ing·ly, adverbpre·sub·sist, verb (used without object)self-sub·sist·ing, adjectivesu·per·sub·sist, verb (used without object)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH subsistsubside, subsist
Words nearby subsist
How to use subsist in a sentence
When most people are barely subsisting, they cannot buy consumer goods.
Both Senkler and Petersen pointed out that a parasitic lifestyle and slow growth could enable mistletoes to subsist on low amounts of ATP.
The -21 is a theoretical limit though, and Bradley estimates that organisms would be subsisting at a higher power threshold.Preserving a Sense of Wonder in DNA - Issue 92: Frontiers|Virat Markandeya|October 28, 2020|Nautilus
For hunter-gatherers, occupying environments where animal protein is essential to subsist, the hunt is an act of necessity.The Psychic Toll of Severing the Hunter-Prey Relationship - Facts So Romantic|William Buckner|October 14, 2020|Nautilus
This allows them to subsist for years on a plant-based diet without suffering from symptoms of deficiency.What the Meadow Teaches Us - Issue 90: Something Green|Andreas Weber|September 16, 2020|Nautilus
And cancer, deceiver, pretender, coward; it cannot even subsist without the vibrant people it depends on.
Why does our government think it's okay for them to subsist on french fries and soda?The Government is Still Failing Kids on School Lunches|Russell Saunders|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She announced her intention to subsist on a diet of water and fish broth, an estimated 200-400 calories per day.The Hunger Strike Diet: You Don't Lose Weight AND You Accomplish Your Goal!|David Frum|January 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He begins his days at 4:30 a.m., hits the gym by 5, appears to subsist on energy bars, and is said to be “calm, quite—and deadly.”
No more than one convent of each denomination is allowed to subsist, and great checks are put on the profession of new members.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
So small a number of people, he said, might easily subsist by catching fish and turtles.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
These animals prefer cold countries, but can subsist and propagate in temperate ones.
They seem to require a warm climate to subsist and multiply in, and yet they are not found in India or Africa.
When they fail in procuring animal food, they subsist on roots and fruits.
British Dictionary definitions for subsist
- to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
- to be conceivable