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 subsistence.
His viceroy could only propose to himself a comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his province. --Addison.
4. Theol. Same as Hypostasis, 2.
n 1: minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting; "social
security provided only a bare subsistence"
2: a means of surviving; "farming is a hard means of
3: the state of existing in reality; having substance