- 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 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
British Dictionary definitions for subsistence
Word Origin and History for 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.