Meaning of subsistent

sub•sist•ent

Pronunciation: (sub-sis'tunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. subsisting, existing, or continuing in existence.
  2. inherent: subsistent qualities of character.
—n.
  1. something that exists necessarily as opposed to contingent existence in space and time.
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