Definition of


  1. (noun, possession) the financial means whereby one lives
    he applied to the state for support
    he could no longer earn his own livelihood

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Synonyms of Livelihood

bread and butter, keep, living, support, sustenance

Alternate forms of Livelihood

Hyponyms: amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts, maintenance, meal ticket, subsistence

Hypernyms: resource

Origin of the word Livelihood

  1. c.1300, livelode "means of keeping alive," from O.E. lifad "course of life," from lif "life" + lad "way, course" (see load). Spelling assimilated 16c. to words in -hood. Earlier livelihood was a different word, meaning "liveliness." more

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Words that sound like Livelihood

l-plate, la plata, labeled, labelled, leaf blade, leaflet, level-headed, levelheaded, liability, life belt, lifeblood, live load, lollipop lady

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