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Subsistence definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SUBSIST'ENCY, n. Real being; as a chain of differing subsistencies.
Not only the things had subsistence, but the very images were of some creatures existing.
1. Competent provisions; means of supporting life.
His viceroy could only propose to himself a comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his province.
2. That which supplies the means of living; as money, pay or wages.
3. Inherence in something else, as the subsistence of qualities in bodies.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin subsistentia, from subsistent-, subsistens, present participle of subsistere Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) real being ; existence (2) the condition of remaining in existence ; continuation, persistence b. an essential characteristic quality of something that exists c. the character possessed by whatever is logically conceivable 2. means of subsisting: as a. the minimum (as of food and shelter) necessary to support life b. a source or means of obtaining the necessities of life subsistent adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the state or an instance of subsisting. 2 a the means of supporting life; a livelihood. b a minimal level of existence or the income providing this (a bare subsistence). Phrases and idioms: subsistence allowance (or money) esp. Brit. an allowance or advance on pay granted esp. as travelling expenses. subsistence farming farming which directly supports the farmer's household without producing a significant surplus for trade. subsistence level (or wage) a standard of living (or wage) providing only the bare necessities of life.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Subsistence 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Subsistence is the condition of just having enough food or money to stay alive. ...below the subsistence level... The standard of living today is on the edge of subsistence. N-UNCOUNT: oft N n 2. In subsistence farming or subsistence agriculture, farmers produce food to eat themselves rather than to sell. Many black Namibians are subsistence farmers who live in the arid borderlands. ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Real being. 2. Support, livelihood, maintenance, aliment, nutriment, sustenance, living, food, provision, meat, rations. 3. Inherence, inherency.

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