(?), n. [Cf. F. subsistance, L. subsistentia.] 1. Real being; existence.
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Not only the things had subsistence, but the very images were of some creatures existing.
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2. Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
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3. That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; as, a meager subsistence.
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His viceroy could only propose to himself a comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his province.
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4. (Theol.) Same as Hypostasis, 2. Hooker.
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