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"subsistence" in British English

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subsistencenoun [U]

uk   us   /səbˈsɪs.təns/ formal
(Definition of subsistence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"subsistence" in American English

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subsistencenoun [U]

 us   /səbˈsɪs·təns/
what a ​personneeds in ​order to ​stayalive: Art ​satisfies a need beyond ​mere subsistence. Palau’s ​economy is ​based on subsistence ​agriculture (= ​producing enough ​food to ​feed themselves).
(Definition of subsistence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"subsistence" in Business English

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subsistencenoun [U]

uk   us   /səbˈsɪstəns/ ECONOMICS
the ​state of having what you need in ​order to ​stay alive, but no more: Many ​people in the town ​feed their families by subsistence, an ​economiclifestyle characterized by ​living off the ​land. Agricultural ​production is below subsistence ​level, ​leaving many ​dependent on ​emergencyaid. Many ​migrantworkers are ​employed at little more than subsistence ​wages. Maize is the ​national subsistence ​food in ​parts of South Africa.
(Definition of subsistence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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