[suh b-sis-tuh nt]
- subsisting, existing, or continuing in existence.
- inherent: subsistent qualities of character.
- Philosophy. something that exists necessarily as opposed to contingent existence in space and time.
Origin of subsistent
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Word Origin and History for subsistent
1520s, from Latin subsistentem (nominative subsistens), present participle of subsistere (see subsistence).
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