verb (used without object)
- to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
- to have existence, especially independent existence.
verb (used with object)
Origin of subsist
Examples from the Web for subsisting
In order to play the gaunt Woodroof, McConaughey went from 182 pounds to 135, subsisting on what he calls “a controlled diet.”Matthew McConaughey In ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: From Bongos to Oscar Contender|Marlow Stern|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Soon he was subsisting largely on sugared espresso, canned sardines, and peanut butter.Green Snot and Deadly Snakes: Napoleon Chagnon’s Anthropological Battles|Nick Romeo|February 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was subsisting on frogs, edible roots, and water from the river.Ray Gardner Used Autism Training To Find William LaFever|Laura Colarusso|July 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Récollets refused any assistance, and they passed the whole winter subsisting on corn and vegetables of their own cultivation.The Makers of Canada: Champlain|N. E. Dionne
As a fact, I have been subsisting on hard biscuit and weak whisky-and-water: though I'm an excellent sailor, as they say.Foe-Farrell|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
For twelve days he pursued this course, subsisting on native roots and boiled tops of grass trees.
There is a very large number of idlers going about the country and subsisting in this way.The Land of the Kangaroo|Thomas Wallace Knox
These are demons, subsisting so long as their creators are under the domination of the evil.The Wonderful Story of Ravalette|Paschal Beverly Randolph
British Dictionary definitions for subsisting
verb (mainly intr)
- to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
- to be conceivable
Word Origin for subsist
Word Origin and History for subsisting
1540s, "to exist," from Latin subsistere "to stand still or firm," (see subsistence). Meaning "to support oneself" (in a certain way) is from 1640s. Related: Subsisted; subsisting.