how to pronounce subsistence


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subsistence is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of subsistence in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… by and large it was a subsistence trade …”

meanings of subsistence


  1. Something (food, water, money, etc.) that is required to stay alive.
  2. Inherency.
  3. Embodiment or personification or hypostasis of an underlying principle or quality.
  4. The act of maintaining oneself at a minimum level.
  5. Real being; existence.

subsistence frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word subsistence occurs in english on average 1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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