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Word: subsistence

Definition: existence; means of subsisting; means of support; livelihood; V. subsist: exist; maintain life (at a meager level)


Sentences Containing 'subsistence'

The charity of well-disposed people, indeed, supplies him with the whole fund of his subsistence.
A porter, for example, can find employment and subsistence in no other place.
His profit, besides, is his revenue, the proper fund of his subsistence.
As, while he is preparing and bringing the goods to market, he advances to his workmen their wages, or their subsistence; so he advances to himself, in the same manner, his own subsistence, which is generally suitable to the profit which he may reasonably expect from the sale of his goods.
The subsistence which they find there is so scanty, that they are eager to fish up the nastiest garbage thrown overboard from any European ship.
The performance of this horrid office is even said to be the avowed business by which some people earn their subsistence.
The lowest class being not only overstocked with its own workmen, but with the overflowings of all the other classes, the competition for employment would be so great in it, as to reduce the wages of labour to the most miserable and scanty subsistence of the labourer.
A slave, however, or one absolutely dependent on us for immediate subsistence, would not be treated in this manner.
His daily subsistence would be proportioned to his daily necessities.
This difference, however, in the mode of their subsistence, is not the cause, but the effect, of the difference in their wages; though, by a strange misapprehension, I have frequently heard it represented as the cause.
A plentiful subsistence, therefore, it has been concluded, relaxes, and a scanty one quickens their industry.
In 1740, a year of extraordinary scarcity, many people were willing to work for bare subsistence.
They are the work of servants and labourers who derive the principal part of their subsistence from some other employment.
They earn but a very scanty subsistence, who endeavour to get their livelihood by either of those trades.
But gold and silver will naturally exchange for a greater quantity of subsistence in a rich than in a poor country; in a country which abounds with subsistence, than in one which is but indifferently supplied with it.
China is a much richer country than any part of Europe, and the difference between the price of subsistence in China and in Europe is very great.
Seius gave for the nightingale the command of a quantity of labour and subsistence, equal to what
What occasioned the extravagance of those high prices was, not so much the abundance of silver, as the abundance of labour and subsistence, of which those Romans had the disposal, beyond what was necessary for their own use.
The quantity of silver, of which they had the disposal, was a good deal less than what the command of the same quantity of labour and subsistence would have procured to them in the present times.
They have become worth, not only a greater quantity of silver, but a greater quantity of labour and subsistence than before.
As it costs a greater quantity of labour and subsistence to bring them to market, so, when they are brought thither they represent, or are equivalent to a greater quantity.
Countries which have a great quantity of labour and subsistence to spare, can afford to purchase any particular quantity of those metals at the expense of a greater quantity of labour and subsistence, than countries which have less to spare.
The man who bought it must have parted with the command of a quantity of labour and subsistence equal to what that sum would purchase in the present times.
The work which is performed in this manner, it has already been observed, comes always much cheaper to market than that which is the principal or sole fund of the workman's subsistence.
The rent of land and the profits of stock are everywhere, therefore, the principal sources from which unproductive hands derive their subsistence.
Nothing can be more convenient for such a person than to be able to purchase his subsistence from day to day, or even from hour to hour, as he wants it.
The country supplies the town with the means of subsistence and the materials of manufacture.
The town, in which there neither is nor can be any reproduction of substances, may very properly be said to gain its whole wealth and subsistence from the country.
The cultivation and improvement of the country, therefore, which affords subsistence, must, necessarily, be prior to the increase of the town, which furnishes only the means of conveniency and luxury.
It is the surplus produce of the country only, or what is over and above the maintenance of the cultivators, that constitutes the subsistence of the town, which can therefore increase only with the increase of the surplus produce.
It is this commerce which supplies the inhabitants of the town, both with the materials of their work, and the means of their subsistence.
He feels that an artificer is the servant of his customers, from whom he derives his subsistence; but that a planter who cultivates his own land, and derives his necessary subsistence from the labour of his own family, is really a master, and independent of all the world.
Each of those countries, perhaps, taken singly, could afford it but a small part, either of its subsistence or of its employment; but all of them taken together, could afford it both a great subsistence and a great employment.
The subsistence of both is derived from his bounty, and its continuance depends upon his good pleasure.
Each tradesman or artificer derives his subsistence from the employment, not of one, but of a hundred or a thousand different customers.
Few countries, too, produce much more rude produce than what is sufficient for the subsistence of their own inhabitants.
Subsistence, they say, becomes necessarily dearer in consequence of such taxes; and the price of labour must always rise with the price of the labourer's subsistence.
The manufacturer has always been accustomed to look for his subsistence from his labour only; the soldier to expect it from his pay.
So very heavy a tax upon the first necessary of life-must either reduce the subsistence of the labouring poor, or it must occasion some augmentation in their pecuniary wages, proportionable to that in the pecuniary price of their subsistence.
The citizens, therefore, who had no land, had scarce any other means of subsistence but the bounties of the candidates at the annual elections.
They furnish it both with the materials of its work, and with the fund of its subsistence, with the corn and cattle which it consumes while it is employed about that work.
The one exports what can subsist and accommodate but a very few, and imports the subsistence and accommodation of a great number.
The other exports the accommodation and subsistence of a great number, and imports that of a very few only.
Even the greater part of those who survive the action are obliged to submit to him for the sake of immediate subsistence.
As soon as they are able to work, they must apply to some trade, by which they can earn their subsistence.
The mendicant orders derive their whole subsistence from such oblations.
The mendicant orders are like those teachers whose subsistence depends altogether upon their industry.
They were weary, besides, of humouring the people, and of depending upon their caprice for a subsistence.
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.
'The subsistence of my family, ma'am,' returned Mr. Micawber, 'trembles in the balance.

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