subsistence

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subsistence

[-sis′təns]
Etymology: L, subsistere, to stand still
the state of being sustained or remaining alive with a minimum of life essentials.

subsistence

1. The minimum amount of something essential for life (e.g., a subsistence diet).
2. Any means of barely supporting life.

subsistence,

n the state of being supported or remaining alive with a minimum of essentials.
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