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Definition what is minimally needed to survive; or the condition of minimally surviving
  • hand-to-mouth subsistence farming
  • social security provided only a bare subsistence
  • After some consideration, he went into business as an Informer, in which calling he realises a genteel subsistence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • In the bazaar, Mortenson could see that the people of Baharak, who grew, rather than trafficked, opium, lived in a subsistence economy like the Balti.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Most of them only see the ungiving soil from which a man must wrestle his subsistence and the barriers that shut him out from the world.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • The subsistence individual, with cropped hair and bony shoulders.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Her mother-in-law had cut back on her food, allowing her only one-third of the rice required for subsistence.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • We're also trying to keep open the agricultural extension program, training former rubber workers to subsistence farming.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It was a poor subsistence that she had ensured, but it would afford a shelter for the winter at any rate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Here she sat down and considered the means of subsistence.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I explained with tolerable firmness, that I really did not know where my means of subsistence were to come from, unless I could earn them for myself.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It was not at all certain, he answered, that there would be funds sufficient even to cover "your subsistence and mine."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • She was managing to survive slightly above the subsistence level, but only because she was lucky.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Who provides our means of subsistence?
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I've agreed to keep you on operational subsistence until Mundt is eliminated: that seemed the fairest way.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • You will find yourself again without the means of subsistence, with no income to count upon.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • An important condition was the transition from a subsistence economy to a monetary economy.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • It took work for him to find subsistence in that rocky fastness.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • He earned a bare subsistence by writing on the exhibitions of pictures for one or two English papers, and he did a certain amount of translating.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • PoorYoga Janet was a vegetarian and resigned herself to a subsistence diet most of the time.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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