What does the word livelihood mean?

Usage examples for livelihood

  1. Certainly there seemed to be no possibility that he should be able to gain his livelihood by any other means than by the work of his hands. – Catholic Churchmen in Science by James J. Walsh
  2. For the most part it was cheerfully sustained; at least, so long as there was any hope of success- that is, of paying the debts, and obtaining a livelihood. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  3. To be sure, a man must like to take a kind leave of his own wife before he closes his eyes for ever; and I dare say it would be a great relief to you to tell him that you have forgotten his desertion of you, and all the hardships it has brought upon you in searching for him, and in earning your own livelihood as a common sailor. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper