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Definition 1: minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where subsistence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • social security provided only a bare subsistence

(subsistence is a kind of ...) the financial means whereby one lives

"each child was expected to pay for their keep" "he applied to the state for support" "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

Definition 2: the state of existing in reality; having substance - [noun denoting state]

(subsistence is a kind of ...) the state or fact of existing

"a point of view gradually coming into being" "laws in existence for centuries" "he appeared on the face of the earth one day"

Definition 3: a means of surviving - [noun denoting state]

Samples where subsistence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • farming is a hard means of subsistence

(subsistence is a kind of ...) a state of surviving; remaining alive

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