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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 subsistence of my family, ma'am,' returned Mr. Micawber, 'trembles in the balance.
A large percentage of the population lives in the rural area and is engaged in subsistence farming.
A plentiful subsistence, therefore, it has been concluded, relaxes, and a scanty one quickens their industry.
A porter, for example, can find employment and subsistence in no other place.
A slave, however, or one absolutely dependent on us for immediate subsistence, would not be treated in this manner.
About land was being cultivated by former slaves at Freedmen's Village, who used it for subsistence farming.
As soon as they are able to work, they must apply to some trade, by which they can earn their 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.
Burbot are also found, as are nelma or sheefish, an important species for subsistence fisheries.
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.
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.
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.
Each tradesman or artificer derives his subsistence from the employment, not of one, but of a hundred or a thousand different customers.
Even the greater part of those who survive the action are obliged to submit to him for the sake of immediate subsistence.
Few countries, too, produce much more rude produce than what is sufficient for the subsistence of their own inhabitants.
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.
His daily subsistence would be proportioned to his daily necessities.
His profit, besides, is his revenue, the proper fund of his 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.
If Noatak was a national park, only subsistence hunting would be allowed.
In 1740, a year of extraordinary scarcity, many people were willing to work for bare subsistence.
It is taken as a subsistence food and also commercially.
It is this commerce which supplies the inhabitants of the town, both with the materials of their work, and the means of their subsistence.
Of these commodities, only diamond and gold were produced in 2006 - subsistence farming was the mainstay of the economy.
On a few islands, the residents cultivate vanilla. Agriculture is generally limited to simple subsistence.
Other proposed divisions have included coastal and inland areas, based on types of burial and subsistence.
Seius gave for the nightingale the command of a quantity of labour and subsistence, equal to what
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.
Subsistence farming involves four million families on plots averaging 1.6 hectares (four acres), usually a little larger in savanna areas than in the rain forest. Subsistence farmers produce mainly manioc, corn, tubers, and sorghum.
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 area was originally settled by immigrants from Venezuela and Tobago who cultivated cacao and subsistence crops.
The charity of well-disposed people, indeed, supplies him with the whole fund of his 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.
The country supplies the town with the means of subsistence and the materials of manufacture.
The manufacturer has always been accustomed to look for his subsistence from his labour only; the soldier to expect it from his pay.
The mendicant orders are like those teachers whose subsistence depends altogether upon their industry.
The mendicant orders derive their whole subsistence from such oblations.
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.
The performance of this horrid office is even said to be the avowed business by which some people earn their subsistence.
The subsistence of both is derived from his bounty, and its continuance depends upon his good pleasure.
The subsistence system of the interior settlements was probably not unlike that of the incipient Early Mumun pottery period (c. 1500-1250 BC), when small-scale shifting cultivation ("slash-and-burn") was practiced in addition to a variety of other subsistence strategies.
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.
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.
They have a subsistence economy based on foraging, hunting gathering but they now primarily depend on a subsistence agriculture i.e. shifting cultivation or slash and burn cultivation or Podu.
They have become worth, not only a greater quantity of silver, but a greater quantity of labour and subsistence than before.
They planted cacao as a cash crop, together with various subsistence crops.
They were removed to Gorakhptir where they obtained grants of land for their subsistence.
They were weary, besides, of humouring the people, and of depending upon their caprice for a subsistence.

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