subsistence

  • 1 subsistence — sub‧sis‧tence [səbˈsɪstns] noun 1. [uncountable] a small amount of money or food that is just enough to survive on: • Refugees are dependent for subsistence on support from aid agencies. • Unfortunately, these people have become used to living… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Subsistence — Sub*sist ence, n. [Cf. F. subsistance, L. subsistentia.] 1. Real being; existence. [1913 Webster] Not only the things had subsistence, but the very images were of some creatures existing. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster] 2. Inherency; as, the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 subsistence — (n.) early 15c., existence, independence, from L.L. subsistentia substance, reality, from L. subsistens, prp. of subsistere stand still or firm, from sub under, up to (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + sistere to assume a standing position, from stare to… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 subsistence — ► NOUN 1) the action or fact of subsisting. 2) the means of doing this. 3) (before another noun ) referring to production at a level sufficient only for one s own use, without any surplus for trade: subsistence agriculture …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 subsistence — index aid (help), livelihood, maintenance (support of spouse), subsidy, support (assistance), sustenance …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 subsistence — *living, livelihood, sustenance, maintenance, support, keep, bread, bread and butter …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 subsistence — [n] provisions for survival affluence, aliment, alimentation, bread*, bread and butter*, capital, circumstances, competence, earnings, existence, food, fortune, gratuity, income, independence, keep, legacy, livelihood, living, maintenance, means …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 subsistence — [səbsis′təns] n. [ME < LL(Ec) subsistentia < L subsister: see SUBSIST] 1. existence; being; continuance 2. the act of providing sustenance 3. means of support or livelihood; often, specif., the barest means in terms of food, clothing, and… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 subsistence — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ bare, basic SUBSISTENCE + NOUN ▪ agriculture, farming ▪ farmer ▪ economy …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 subsistence — [[t]səbsɪ̱stəns[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: oft N n Subsistence is the condition of just having enough food or money to stay alive. ...below the subsistence level... The standard of living today is on the edge of subsistence. 2) ADJ: ADJ n In subsistence… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 subsistence — n. 1) (a) bare, hand to mouth subsistence 2) a means of subsistence * * * [səb sɪst(ə)ns] hand to mouth subsistence (a) bare a means of subsistence …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 subsistence — sub|sis|tence [səbˈsıstəns] n [U] 1.) the condition of only just having enough money or food to stay alive ▪ Many of the families are forced to live at the subsistence level. ▪ The land provided subsistence and little more. 2.) subsistence… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 subsistence — noun (U) 1 the ability to live with very little money or food: Not even subsistence is possible in such conditions. 2 a small amount of money or food that is just enough to survive: subsistence allowance (=money given to you to live on) |… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 subsistence — n. 1 the state or an instance of subsisting. 2 a the means of supporting life; a livelihood. b a minimal level of existence or the income providing this (a bare subsistence). Phrases and idioms: subsistence allowance (or money) esp. Brit. an… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 subsistence — noun 1) they depend on fish for subsistence Syn: survival, existence, living, life, sustenance, nourishment 2) the money needed for his subsistence Syn: maintenance, keep, upkeep, livelihood, room and board …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 subsistence — noun a) Real being; existence. b) Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies. Syn: sustenance, hypostasis See Also: subsist, subsistent …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 subsistence — noun 1》 the action or fact of subsisting.     ↘the means of doing this.     ↘[as modifier] denoting or relating to production at a level sufficient only for one s own use or consumption, without any surplus for trade: subsistence agriculture. 2》… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 subsistence — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin subsistentia, from subsistent , subsistens, present participle of subsistere Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) real being ; existence (2) the condition of remaining in existence ; continuation,… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 subsistence — /seuhb sis teuhns/, n. 1. the state or fact of subsisting. 2. the state or fact of existing. 3. the providing of sustenance or support. 4. means of supporting life; a living or livelihood. 5. the source from which food and other items necessary… …

    Universalium

  • 20 subsistence — Existence, but of a rather shadowy kind, apt for universals, fictional characters and other insubstantial entities. The term is associated with Meinong, but the idea that varieties of existence can be distinguished has been a favourite target of… …

    Philosophy dictionary


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