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What does "Subsistence" mean?

Definition

(n.) Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies (n.) Real being; existence (n.) Same as Hypostasis, 2 (n.) That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; as, a meager subsistence


Example: "Social security provided only a bare subsistence" Example: "Farming is a hard means of subsistence"