subsist

[suhb-sist]
verb (used without object)
1.
to exist; continue in existence.
2.
to remain alive; live, as on food, resources, etc.
3.
to have existence in, or by reason of, something.
4.
to reside, lie, or consist (usually followed by in ).
5.
Philosophy.
a.
to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
b.
to have existence, especially independent existence.
verb (used with object)
6.
to provide sustenance or support for; maintain.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin subsistere to remain, equivalent to sub- sub- + sistere to stand, make stand; see stand

subsistingly, adverb
presubsist, verb (used without object)
self-subsisting, adjective
supersubsist, verb (used without object)

subside, subsist.
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subsist (səbˈsɪst)
 
vb
1.  (often foll by on) to be sustained; manage to live: to subsist on milk
2.  to continue in existence
3.  (foll by in) to lie or reside by virtue (of); consist
4.  philosophy
 a.  to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
 b.  to be conceivable
5.  obsolete (tr) to provide with support
 
[C16: from Latin subsistere to stand firm, from sub- up + sistere to make a stand]
 
sub'sistent
 
adj
 
sub'sister
 
n

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Example sentences
These adjuncts, despite their limited hours, make enough to subsist on while
  writing that book or building up that cv.
It's fascinating to think a spider might be able to subsist on plant material.
Most of the resulting corn is fed to livestock who didn't evolve to subsist
  entirely on corn.
They proposed to live in the open air, and subsist upon potatoes to be dug with
  the shovel.
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