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SUBSISTENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does subsistence mean? 

SUBSISTENCE (noun)
  The noun SUBSISTENCE has 3 senses:

1. minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
2. a means of surviving
3. the state of existing in reality; having substance

  Familiarity information: SUBSISTENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBSISTENCE (noun)


Sense 1subsistence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

social security provided only a bare subsistence

Hypernyms ("subsistence" is a kind of...):

bread and butter; keep; livelihood; living; support; sustenance (the financial means whereby one lives)


Sense 2subsistence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A means of surviving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

farming is a hard means of subsistence

Hypernyms ("subsistence" is a kind of...):

endurance; survival (a state of surviving; remaining alive)


Sense 3subsistence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of existing in reality; having substance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("subsistence" is a kind of...):

being; beingness; existence (the state or fact of existing)


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