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Meaning of SUBSISTENCE

Pronunciation:  sub'sistuns

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting; "social security provided only a bare subsistence"
  2. [n]  the state of existing in reality; having substance
  3. [n]  a means of surviving; "farming is a hard means of subsistence"
 

SUBSISTENCE is a 11 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: being, beingness, bread and butter, endurance, existence, keep, livelihood, living, support, survival, sustenance

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sub*sist"ence\, n. [Cf. F. subsistance, L.
subsistentia.]
1. Real being; existence.

         Not only the things had subsistence, but the very
         images were of some creatures existing.
                                               --Stillingfleet.

2. Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.

3. That which furnishes support to animal life; means of
   support; provisions, or that which produces provisions;
   livelihood; as, a meager subsistence.

         His viceroy could only propose to himself a
         comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his
         province.                             --Addison.

4. (Theol.) Same as {Hypostasis}, 2. --Hooker.

 

 

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