- subsist (v.)
- 1540s, "to exist;" c. 1600, "retain the existing state," from Middle French subsister and directly from Latin subsistere "to stand still or firm, take a stand, take position; abide, hold out," from sub "under, up to" (see sub-) + sistere "to assume a standing position, stand still, remain; set, place, cause to stand still" (see assist (v.)). Meaning "to support oneself" (in a certain way) is from 1640s. Related: Subsisted; subsisting.
- 1. Old people often subsist on very small incomes.
- 2. Almost every employee must moonlight in second jobs simply to subsist.
- 3. The living things on the earth could not subsist on Mars.
- 4. We are unable to subsist without air and water.
- 5. A club cannot subsist without members.
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