Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Subsistence (Page: 1436)

Sub*sist"ence (?), n. [Cf. F. subsistance, L. subsistentia.]

1. Real being; existence.

Not only the things had subsistence, but the very images were of some creatures existing. Stillingfleet.

2. Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.

3. That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; as, a meager subsistence.

His viceroy could only propose to himself a comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his province. Addison.

4. (Theol.) Same as Hypostasis, 2. Hooker.