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Definition of Subsist


  1. To be; to have existence; to inhere.
  2. To continue; to retain a certain state.
  3. To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live.
  4. To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain; as, to subsist one's family.

Subsist Quotations

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Daniel Webster

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
Samuel Johnson

The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.
Miguel de Cervantes

Between understanding and faith immediate connections must subsist.
Marquis de Sade

As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.
John Donne
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Subsist Translations

subsist in French is subsister, subsistent, subsistons, subsistez
subsist in German is fortdauern
subsist in Italian is esistere
subsist in Spanish is persistir
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