Sustenance vs Subsistence - What's the difference?

sustenance | subsistence |

Subsistence is a related term of sustenance.

Sustenance is a synonym of subsistence.

As nouns the difference between sustenance and subsistence

is that sustenance is something that provides support or nourishment while subsistence is real being; existence.




  • Something that provides support or nourishment.
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  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=2 citation , passage=More than a mere source of Promethean sustenance to thwart the cold and cook one's meat, wood was quite simply mankind's first industrial and manufacturing fuel.}}




    (Webster 1913)


    (en noun)
  • Real being; existence.
  • Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
  • Means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; That which furnishes support to animal life; as, a meager subsistence.
  • *
  • (theology) A person, specifically the person of Christ or of another part of the Trinity; hypostasis.
  • Synonyms

    * sustenance * (theology) hypostasis