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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

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

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

Liberty is the proper end and object of authority, and cannot subsist without it; and it is liberty to that which is good, just, and honest.
John Winthrop

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

I have never really cooked, don't know how to use my dishwasher, and subsist mainly on prepared deli takeout. I don't even eat in restaurants much.
Jerry Saltz
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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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