Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To exist; be.
  • intransitive verb To remain or continue in existence.
  • intransitive verb To maintain life; live.
  • intransitive verb To be logically conceivable.
  • intransitive verb To maintain or support with provisions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To remain; continue; abide; retain the existing state.
  • To have continued existence; exist.
  • To be maintained; be supported; live.
  • To inhere; have existence by means of something else.
  • To keep in existence.
  • To feed; maintain; support with provisions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be; to have existence; to inhere.
  • intransitive verb To continue; to retain a certain state.
  • intransitive verb To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live.
  • transitive verb To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To survive on a minimum of resources.

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

  • verb support oneself

Etymologies

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

[Latin subsistere, to support : sub-, sub- + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French subsister, from Latin subsistere ("to take a stand or position, stand still, stop, stay, remain, continue"), from sub ("under") + sistere ("to cause to stand, place"). Compare consist, desist, exist, insist, persist.

Examples

  • Sometimes a man will labour for weeks and months in unproductive ground, following up a small vein in the hope of its leading into a good lode, and making so little by his hard toil that on pay day of each month he is compelled to ask his employer for "subsist" -- or a small advance of money -- to enable him to live and go on with his work.

    Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines

  • The problem, I submit, is in using words like "subsist" which can mean different things to different people and whether these different meanings were intended by the drafters of the documents.

    Cardinal Schönborn: Out of the loop?

  • And if such a community can exist even though in schism from that visible body wherein the Church of Christ is said to "subsist", that is an admission that the body of Christ can be divided while remaining on both sides of the divide truly the Catholic Church.

    The new CDF document on ecclesiology

  • As evinced by Vatican II's Lumen Gentium and Unitatis Redintegratio, as well as other pertinent documents since that council closed, the Catholic Church has undergone and fostered the development of ecclesiological doctrine in such a way as to give an account of how the EOs and OOs relate to "the Church," which is said to "subsist" in the Roman communion as a perduring whole...

    Orthodoxy on churches outside "the Church"

  • As evinced by Vatican II's Lumen Gentium and Unitatis Redintegratio, as well as other pertinent documents since that council closed, the Catholic Church has undergone and fostered the development of ecclesiological doctrine in such a way as to give an account of how the EOs and OOs relate to "the Church," which is said to "subsist" in the Roman communion as a perduring whole.

    Ravenna: the latest chapter in Catholic-Orthodox ecumenism

  • And if such a community can exist even though in schism from that visible body wherein the Church of Christ is said to "subsist", that is an admission that the body of Christ can be divided while remaining on both sides of the divide truly the Catholic Church.

    The new CDF document on ecclesiology

  • And if such a community can exist even though in schism from that visible body wherein the Church of Christ is said to "subsist", that is an admission that the body of Christ can be divided while remaining on both sides of the divide truly the Catholic Church.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • As evinced by Vatican II's Lumen Gentium and Unitatis Redintegratio, as well as other pertinent documents since that council closed, the Catholic Church has undergone and fostered the development of ecclesiological doctrine in such a way as to give an account of how the EOs and OOs relate to "the Church," which is said to "subsist" in the Roman communion as a perduring whole...

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • As evinced by Vatican II's Lumen Gentium and Unitatis Redintegratio, as well as other pertinent documents since that council closed, the Catholic Church has undergone and fostered the development of ecclesiological doctrine in such a way as to give an account of how the EOs and OOs relate to "the Church," which is said to "subsist" in the Roman communion as a perduring whole.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • And if such a community can exist even though in schism from that visible body wherein the Church of Christ is said to "subsist", that is an admission that the body of Christ can be divided while remaining on both sides of the divide truly the Catholic Church.

    Archive 2007-07-01

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