Sub*sist"ence(?), n. [Cf. F. subsistance, L. subsistentia.] 1. Real being; existence.
Not only the things had subsistence, but the very images were of some creatures existing.Stillingfleet.
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
His viceroy could only propose to himself a comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his province.Addison.
(Theol.) Same as Hypostasis, 2.
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