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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: subsistere 'to come to a stop, remain, exist', from sistere 'to come to a stand'

subsist

verb
     
sub‧sist [intransitive]
1 to stay alive when you only have small amounts of food or money [= survive]
subsist on
We had to subsist on bread and water.
Old people often have to subsist on very low incomes.
2 especially law to continue to exist [= survive]

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