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. Same as Hypostasis.

Origin: Cf. F. Subsistance, L. Subsistentia.

(01 Mar 1998)