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subsistent

[suh b-sis-tuh nt] /səbˈsɪs tənt/
adjective
1.
subsisting, existing, or continuing in existence.
2.
inherent:
subsistent qualities of character.
noun
3.
Philosophy. something that exists necessarily as opposed to contingent existence in space and time.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin subsistent- (stem of subsistēns), present participle of subsistere to remain; see subsist, -ent
Related forms
nonsubsistent, adjective
presubsistent, adjective
self-subsistent, adjective
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subsistent

adj.

1520s, from Latin subsistentem (nominative subsistens), present participle of subsistere (see subsistence).

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