Definition of subsistence in English:

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Pronunciation: /səbˈsistəns/


1The action or fact of maintaining or supporting oneself at a minimum level: the minimum income needed for subsistence
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  • How can you have free trade, and bring the cost of goods down, by giving people wages, which are below the level of subsistence, and maintain that population?
  • It's a very efficient dormitory facility and a secondary means of subsistence for people who do other work.
  • These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing and defense.
maintenance, keep, upkeep, livelihood, room and board, board, nourishment, food
1.1The means of doing this: the garden provided not only subsistence but a little cash crop the agricultural working class were deprived of a subsistence
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  • The pittance paid out in compensation for retrenchment has provided barely a few months subsistence, with former employees being thrown into abject poverty.
  • I wonder if these were partly caused by the urban residents themselves who have long since shown little concern, even disdain, for those who trade physical labour for subsistence.
  • Although most own very small fields, rights even in these can provide supplementary subsistence.
survival, existence, living, life, sustenance, nourishment
1.2 [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
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  • The decline in subsistence production for domestic consumption means that people are doubly disappointed, as they need to buy rice and have no income.
  • Costs of living differ radically, and where subsistence production accounts for a large part of the food supply, GNP grossly underestimates wealth.
  • They have a fallback in subsistence production and other cash crops, such as cocoa and copra.
2chiefly Law The state of remaining in force or effect: rights of occupation normally only continue during the subsistence of the marriage
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  • The bank's lien would, after all, continue only during the subsistence of the debenture, which the debtor would at all times have the right to redeem.
  • The only duty to the former client which survives the termination of the client relationship is a continuing duty to preserve the confidentiality of information imparted during its subsistence.
  • That preliminary record is then published with the object of inviting comments and objections from persons interested either in the subsistence of the right of way or to deny its subsistence.

Words that rhyme with subsistence

assistance, coexistence, consistence, distance, existence, insistence, outdistance, persistence, resistance

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Syllabification: sub·sist·ence

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