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[lahyv-lee-hoo d] /ˈlaɪv liˌhʊd/
a means of supporting one's existence, especially financially or vocationally; living:
to earn a livelihood as a tenant farmer.
Origin of livelihood
before 1000; earlier liveliod, livelihod, alteration (by reanalysis as lively + hood; compare obsolete livelihood liveliness) of Middle English livelod, Old English līflād conduct of life, way of life (see life, lode, load)
sustenance, subsistence. See living. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for livelihood
  • With little means of subsistence or livelihood in the delta countryside, many of the tribal members have migrated to the cities.
  • If you could cure his defect, he would be without a means of subsistence, he would have no livelihood.
  • My livelihood as a freelance writer went out the window when the economy tanked.
  • As an adjunct or a contract employee, you are risking your livelihood.
  • It's their mountain, and ever since tourists started pouring in, it's their livelihood too.
  • Angry fishermen accuse the cormorant of ruining their livelihood and have taken the law into their own hands.
  • They cannot enforce high standards, if they fear doing so will cost them their livelihood.
  • As their livelihood vanishes, they are more likely to fuel the ranks of the temporarily or permanently displaced.
  • Desperately poor farmers fought back, killing elephants to protect their land and livelihood.
  • Concern over preservation of local farmland and the livelihood of small farmers was key.
British Dictionary definitions for livelihood


occupation or employment
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Word Origin and History for livelihood

1610s, alteration of livelode "means of keeping alive" (c.1300), from Old English lifad "course of life," from lif "life" + lad "way, course" (see load). Cf. Old High German libleita. Spelling assimilated to words in -hood. Earlier livelihood was a different word, meaning "liveliness," from lively.

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