- 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.
SYNONYMS FOR subsistence
Related formsin·ter·sub·sist·ence, nounnon·sub·sist·ence, nounpre·sub·sist·ence, nounself-sub·sist·ence, noun
Can be confusedsubsidence subsistence
Examples from the Web for subsistence
These are young fathers, rural farmers, usually growing banana or coffee or subsistence crops.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
By that I mean providing education, providing health care, daily living, subsistence and so on.
They labor for subsistence; they sleep for refreshment; they laugh with the merry, and weep with the afflicted.
Desiring arrangements to be made for the subsistence of the Hessian recruits.
For a time remittances of money came regularly, but these suddenly stopped, and their only means of subsistence was gone.Yorksher Puddin'|John Hartley
There was great scarcity of ordnance stores, but, happily, an abundant supply of subsistence stores.General Scott|General Marcus J. Wright
I was forced to admit that I had never seen a town less likely to afford a subsistence than this.A Set of Rogues|Frank Barrett