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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting;
- Example: "social security provided only a bare subsistence"

2. a means of surviving;
- Example: "farming is a hard means of subsistence"

3. the state of existing in reality; having substance;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Subsistence \Sub*sist"ence\, n. [Cf. F. subsistance, L. subsistentia.] 1. Real being; existence. [1913 Webster] Not only the things had subsistence, but the very images were of some creatures existing. --Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster] 2. Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies. [1913 Webster] 3. That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; as, a meager subsistence. [1913 Webster] His viceroy could only propose to himself a comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his province. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. (Theol.) Same as Hypostasis, 2. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

subsistence 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 subsistence" 3: the state of existing in reality; having substance
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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