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Definitions of maintenance

  1. court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. means of maintenance of a family or group Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An officious or unlawful intermeddling in a cause depending between others, by assisting either party with money or means to carry it on. See Champerty. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The act of supporting, defending, etc.; means of support; defense; support; continuance; means of sustenance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. The act of maintaining, supporting, or defending: continuance: the means of support: defence, protection. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Support; continuance; defence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Means of support; vindication; defence; continuance; assistance to another in a suit at law. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Maintainable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for maintenance

  1. Agassiz himself was necessarily often absent, for the maintenance of the little colonydepended in great degree upon his exertions. – Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence by Louis Agassiz
  2. It was, therefore, not to be expected that the soldiers would or could look upon them with that degree of respect and reverence so essential to a due maintenance of subordination in an army. – Twenty-Five Years in the Rifle Brigade by William Surtees
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