From French subsister, from Latin subsistere (“to take a stand or position, stand still, stop, stay, remain, continue”), from sub (“under”) + sistere (“to cause to stand, place”). Compare consist, desist, exist, insist, persist.
- To survive on a minimum of resources.
- With her current income, Janet cannot thrive, she can only subsist.
- (philosophy) To have ontological reality; to exist.
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