Adjective "subsisting" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Maintain or support oneself, especially at a minimal level.
  1. 'Li labored all day in the icy cold, subsisted on watery soup, and spent the evenings in exhausting self-criticism sessions or on even more exhausting forced marches.'
  2. 'We subsisted on rabbit stew and similar one-pot wonders.'
  3. 'Attaining such enhancements will surely require serious increases in funding to Inuit broadcast organizations, most of which presently subsist on bare bones budgets.'
  4. 'He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food.'
  5. 'There are medical terms that would account for the facts that he muffled himself in mittens and woolly hats, that he subsisted on a terrifying diet of pills of all descriptions.'
  6. 'I joined a hunger strike at Northwestern and subsisted on liquids for almost a week, but went off it when I almost fainted.'
  7. 'The Old Firm clubs attract a combined attendance of 110,000 to every home game, but subsist on 20 per cent of the television revenue level of Premiership sides.'
  8. 'Louise, from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, told a Press conference at the state emergency headquarters in Tully how she ate a banana during the first hour of her walk, but was then left to subsist on a diet of chewing gum.'
  9. 'Although they had provisions to last a few days, they subsisted on bare minimum of rice gruel for energy to stay afloat.'
  10. 'The beast subsisted on a diet of swamp things, but was known to occasionally snack on wayward lumberjacks and other unfortunates.'
  11. 'the problem of subsisting the poor in a period of high bread prices'
  12. 'For him Scottish linen manufacturing and fisheries were ‘the only Means for increasing our Wealth and Numbers, the sole Fund for employing and subsisting the Poor, and our only Stock for Foreign Trade’.'
Remain in force or effect.
  1. 'the peace subsisted between 1303 and 1324'
  2. 'In brief, these show that the court may award damages on sales made after the expiry of a patent provided they are caused by infringements arising whilst the patent subsisted.'
  3. 'The business, as a trading enterprise, continued to subsist as an identifiable item of property.'
  4. 'the effect of genetic maldevelopment may subsist in chromosomal mutation'
  5. 'Desire, Belsey continues, is not a property of the mind or the body but subsists in the gap between the two, deconstructing the Cartesian opposition between mind and body and destabilizing the difference between them.'
  6. 'This history of conflict subsists in the environmental devastation caused by oil exploitation and Delta peoples' fight against faceless European and American oil corporations.'

More definitions

1. to exist; continue in existence.

2. to remain alive; live, as on food, resources, etc.

3. to have existence in, or by reason of, something.

4. to reside, lie, or consist (usually followed by in).

5. Philosophy. to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc. to have existence, especially independent existence. verb (used with object)

6. to provide sustenance or support for; maintain.

More examples(as adjective)

"contracts can be subsisting."


(subsist)Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘continue to exist’): from Latin subsistere ‘stand firm’, from sub- ‘from below’ + sistere ‘set, stand’.