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Webster 1913 Edition


Maintenance

Main′te-nance

,
Noun.
[OF.
maintenance
. See
Maintain
.]
1.
The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication.
Whatsoever is granted to the church for God’s honor and the
maintenance
of his service, is granted to God.
South.
2.
That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences.
Those of better fortune not making learning their
maintenance
.
Swift.
3.
(Crim. Law)
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
.
Wharton.
Cap of maintenance
.
See under
Cap
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Maintenance

MA'INTENANCE

,
Noun.
Sustenance; sustentation; support by means of supplies of food, clothing and other conveniences; as, his labor contributed little to the maintenance of his family.
1.
Means of support; that which supplies conveniences.
Those of better fortune not making learning their maintenance.
2.
Support; protection; defense; vindication; as the maintenance of right or just claims.
3.
Continuance; security from failure or decline.
Whatever is granted to the church for God's honor and the maintenance of his service, is granted to God.
4.
In law, an officious intermeddling in a suit in which the person has no interest, by assisting either party with money or means to prosecute or defend it. This is a punishable offense. But to assist a poor kinsman from compassion, is not maintenance.

Definition 2021


maintenance

maintenance

English

Alternative forms

Noun

maintenance (usually uncountable, plural maintenances)

  1. Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service
  2. (law) A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.
  3. (law) (UK English) Alimony, a periodical payment or a lump sum made or ordered to be made to a spouse after a divorce.
  4. (law) Child support.
  5. Money required or spent to provide for the needs of a person or a family.
  6. (biology) The natural process which keeps an organism alive.

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French

Etymology

From verb maintenir, maintenoir "to maintain" and suffix -ance.

Pronunciation

Noun

maintenance f (plural maintenances)

  1. maintenance