livelihood

[lahyv-lee-hood]
noun
a means of supporting one's existence, especially financially or vocationally; living: to earn a livelihood as a tenant farmer.

Origin:
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.
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livelihood (ˈlaɪvlɪˌhʊd)
 
n
occupation or employment

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livelihood
c.1300, livelode "means of keeping alive," from O.E. lifad "course of life," from lif "life" + lad "way, course" (see load). Spelling assimilated 16c. to words in -hood. Earlier livelihood was a different word, meaning "liveliness."
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His greatest concern would have been for the people and their livelihoods.
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