Subsist Sub*sist", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Subsisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subsisting}.] [L. subsistere to stand still, stay, remain alive; sub under + sistere to stand, to cause to stand, from stare to stand: cf. F. subsister. See {Stand}.] 1. To be; to have existence; to inhere. [1913 Webster]

And makes what happiness we justly call, Subsist not in the good of one, but all. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To continue; to retain a certain state. [1913 Webster]

Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

To subsist on other men's charity. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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