livelihood live‧li‧hood [ˈlaɪvlihʊd] noun [countable, uncountable]
the way in which you earn money in order to live:

• If a commercial beekeeper makes a mistake and his bees die, he has lost his livelihood.

• In that area many people relied on the coconut plantations for their livelihood.

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livelihood UK US /ˈlaɪvlihʊd/ noun [C, usually singular, or U]
the money a person needs to pay for food, a place to live, etc. and the way of earning this money: »

The falling orders for new ships mean that many shipyard workers are likely to lose their livelihood.


The drought is threatening the livelihood of farmers in the region.


If your livelihood depends on selling cars, boats, and furniture to people, you don't want people to save.

Financial and business terms. 2012.