What does subsistence mean?

Definitions for subsistencesəbˈsɪs təns

Here are all the 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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