verb (used without object)
to exist; continue in existence.
to remain alive; live, as on food, resources, etc.
to have existence in, or by reason
to reside, lie, or consist (usually followed by in ).
5. Philosophy. a.
to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
verb (used with object)
to provide sustenance or support for; maintain.
Origin: 1540–50; Related forms
< Latin subsistere
to remain, equivalent to sub- sub-
to stand, make stand; see stand
presubsist, verb (used without object)
supersubsist, verb (used without object)