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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


From Late Latin subsistentia (substance, reality, in Medieval Latin also stability), from Latin subsistens, present participle of subsistere (to continue, subsist); see subsist.


subsistence (plural subsistences)

  1. Real being; existence.
  2. Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
  3. Means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; That which furnishes support to animal life; as, a meager subsistence.
  4. (theology) A person, specifically the person of Christ or of another part of the Trinity; hypostasis.


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