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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Subsistence  \Sub*sist"ence\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  subsistance,  L. 
  1.  Real  being  existence. 
  Not  only  the  things  had  subsistence,  but  the  very 
  images  were  of  some  creatures  existing. 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  minimal  (or  marginal)  resources  for  subsisting;  "social 
  security  provided  only  a  bare  subsistence" 
  2:  a  means  of  surviving;  "farming  is  a  hard  means  of 
  3:  the  state  of  existing  in  reality;  having  substance 

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