Definitions for subsistencesəbˈsɪs təns

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word subsistence

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subsistence(noun)

    minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting

    "social security provided only a bare subsistence"

  2. subsistence(noun)

    a means of surviving

    "farming is a hard means of subsistence"

  3. subsistence(noun)

    the state of existing in reality; having substance


  1. subsistence(Noun)

    Real being; existence.

  2. subsistence(Noun)

    Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.

  3. subsistence(Noun)

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

  4. subsistence(Noun)

    A person, specifically the person of Christ or of another part of the Trinity; hypostasis.

  5. Origin: From subsistentia, from subsistens, present participle of subsistere; see subsist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subsistence(noun)

    real being; existence

  2. Subsistence(noun)

    inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies

  3. Subsistence(noun)

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

  4. Subsistence(noun)

    same as Hypostasis, 2

  5. Origin: [Cf. F. subsistance, L. subsistentia.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subsistence in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subsistence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alexander Hamilton:

    Power over a man's subsistence amounts to power over his will.

  2. Evan Schuurman:

    Food and water is the biggest issue in Vanuatu at the moment, so many people are subsistence farmers and entire crops have been lost.

  3. Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

    No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level--I mean the wages of decent living.

  4. Tom Perry:

    Everyone in Tanna and other islands in the south, they really live subsistence lives, so they grow what they need for a short period. ... And the reality is that much of that would have been washed away by this storm, that's a grave concern because we desperately need to get food to people soon.

  5. Janice Schneider:

    The rules help ensure that any exploratory drilling operations in this highly challenging environment will be conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, while protecting the marine, coastal and human environments, and Alaska Natives’ cultural traditions and access to subsistence resources.

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