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subsistence

noun [U] uk   /səbˈsɪs.təns/ formal us  
the state of having what you need in order to stay alive, but no more: The money is intended to provide a basic subsistence and should not be paid to someone who receives other income. The family were living at subsistence level. enough money or food to keep yourself alive
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