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subsistence

sub·sist·ence

subsistence

pronunciation:
sb sI stns
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act, fact, or state of subsisting.
similar words:
actuality, being, existence, living
definition 2: the provision, source, or means of sustenance; that which supports life or continued operation.
synonyms:
livelihood
similar words:
keep, living, maintenance, sustenance
derivation: subsistent (adj.)