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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Subsistence


SUBSIST'ENCE

SUBSIST'ENCY, noun Real being; as a chain of differing subsistencies.

Not only the things had subsistence but the very images were of some creatures existing.

1. Competent provisions; means of supporting life.

His viceroy could only propose to himself a comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his province.

2. That which supplies the means of living; as money, pay or wages.

3. Inherence in something else, as the subsistence of qualities in bodies.