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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sub·sis·tence /səbˈsɪstən(t)s/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·sist·ence n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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