Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or state of subsisting.
  • n. A means of subsisting, especially means barely sufficient to maintain life.
  • n. Something that has real or substantial existence.
  • n. Christianity Hypostasis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Real being; existence.
  • n. Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
  • n. That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; as, a meager subsistence.
  • n. A person, specifically the person of Christ or of another part of the Trinity; hypostasis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Real being; existence.
  • n. Inherency.
  • n. That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood.
  • n. Same as Hypostasis, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Real being; actual existence.
  • n. Continuance; continued existence.
  • n. That which exists or has real being.
  • n. The act or process of furnishing support to animal life, or that which is furnished; means of support; support; livelihood.
  • n. The state of being subsistent; inherence in something else: as. the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
  • n. Synonyms Sustenance, etc. See living.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
  • n. the state of existing in reality; having substance
  • n. a means of surviving

Etymologies

From Late Latin subsistentia ("substance, reality, in Medieval Latin also stability"), from Latin subsistens, present participle of subsistere ("to continue, subsist"); see subsist. (Wiktionary)

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