v. sub·sist·ed, sub·sist·ing, sub·sists
a. To exist; be.
b. To remain or continue in existence.
2. To maintain life; live: subsisted on one meal a day.
3. To be logically conceivable.
To maintain or support with provisions.
[Latin subsistere, to support : sub-, sub- + sistere, to stand; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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