Part of speech: noun

The act of subsisting; sustenance; support; food. subsistency.

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Usage examples "subsistence":

  1. Thus things are called into existence or " outstandingness" by a power which itself does not stand out, and whose presence is therefore indicated by the word " subsistence." - "The Creative Process in the Individual", Thomas Troward.
  2. In regard to means of subsistence he was no better off now than when he began the world. - "Phineas Redux", Anthony Trollope.
  3. To the capital in existence all must come for their subsistence and their tools. - "What Social Classes Owe to Each Other", William Graham Sumner.