main|te|nance «MAYN tuh nuhns», noun.
1. the act or process of maintaining: »

Maintenance of quiet is necessary in a hospital.

2. the condition of being maintained; support: »

A government collects taxes to pay for its maintenance.

3. the act or fact of keeping up or in repair; upkeep: »

the maintenance of an automobile. A state devotes much time to the maintenance of roads.

4. enough to support life; means of living: »

His small farm provides a maintenance, but not much more.

SYNONYM(S): subsistence, livelihood.
5. Law. meddling in a lawsuit by helping either party with money or other means to prosecute or defend it: »

Champerty is but a particular modification of this sin of maintenance (Jeremy Bentham).

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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