[ suhb-sis-tuhnt ]

  1. subsisting, existing, or continuing in existence.

  2. inherent: subsistent qualities of character.

  1. Philosophy. something that exists necessarily as opposed to contingent existence in space and time.

Origin of subsistent

1520–30; <Latin subsistent- (stem of subsistēns), present participle of subsistere to remain; see subsist, -ent

Other words from subsistent

  • non·sub·sist·ent, adjective
  • pre·sub·sist·ent, adjective
  • self-sub·sist·ent, adjective

Words Nearby subsistent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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