Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Real being; existence.
- The act of maintaining oneself at a minimum level.
- Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
- something (food, water, money, etc.) that is required to stay alive.
- (theology) embodiment or personification or hypostasis of an underlying principle or quality.