AskDefine | Define subsist

Dictionary Definition

subsist v : support oneself; "he could barely exist on such a low wage"; "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"; "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day" [syn: exist, survive, live]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To survive on a minimum of resources.
    With her current income, Janet cannot thrive, she can only subsist.

Extensive Definition

Subsistence is the food necessary to sustain life.
The following is a list of subsistence techniques:
  • Distribution and Exchange:
    • Redistribution
    • Reciprocity — exchange between social equals.
    • Potlatching — a widely studied ritual in which sponsors (helped by their entourages) gave away resources and manufactured wealth while generating prestige for themselves.
    • LETS — Local Exchange Trading Systems.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide, be, be alive, be animate, be extant, be found, be in existence, be left, be met with, be present, be the case, be there, bide, breathe, carry on, continue, continue to be, cope, defeat time, defy time, draw breath, dwell, eke out, endure, exist, extend, fetch breath, get by, go on, happen to be, have being, have life, have place, hold, hold on, hold out, keep, keep afloat, keep on, last, last long, last out, live, live and breathe, live on, live through, maintain, make ends meet, make out, manage, move, obtain, occur, perdure, perennate, persist, prevail, remain, respire, rest, run, run on, scrape along, stand, stay, stay on, survive, sustain, tarry, tide over, walk the earth, wear, wear well
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