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livelihood

[lahyv-lee-hoo d] /ˈlaɪv liˌhʊd/
noun
1.
a means of supporting one's existence, especially financially or vocationally; living:
to earn a livelihood as a tenant farmer.
Origin
1000
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)
Synonyms
sustenance, subsistence. See living.
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  • His greatest concern would have been for the people and their livelihoods.
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livelihood

/ˈlaɪvlɪˌhʊd/
noun
1.
occupation or employment
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Word Origin and History for livelihoods

livelihood

n.

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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