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Definitions of subsistence:
  • noun:   minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
    Example: "Social security provided only a bare subsistence"
  • noun:   the state of existing in reality; having substance
  • noun:   a means of surviving
    Example: "Farming is a hard means of subsistence"

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