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subsistence

[ suhb-sis-tuhns ]
/ səbˈsɪs təns /
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Definition of subsistence

noun
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.
Philosophy.
  1. existence, especially of an independent entity.
  2. the quality of having timeless or abstract existence.
  3. mode of existence or that by which a substance is individualized.
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Origin of subsistence

1400–50; late Middle English <Late Latin subsistentia;see subsist, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM subsistence

in·ter·sub·sist·ence, nounnon·sub·sist·ence, nounpre·sub·sist·ence, nounself-sub·sist·ence, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH subsistence

subsidence, subsistence
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British Dictionary definitions for subsistence

subsistence
/ (səbˈsɪstəns) /

noun
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
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