2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

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.

4. Those actions required for the care of machinery, a building, etc., to keep it clean and in proper functioning condition, and to prevent or forestall damage due to normal use. [PJC]

5. Payments, such as child support or alimony, to a dependent child not living with one or to a divorced wife. [PJC]

{Cap of maintenance}. See under {Cap}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: {care}, {maintenance}, {upkeep}]

2: means of maintenance of a family or group

3: court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated [syn: {alimony}, {maintenance}]

4: the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment" [syn: {sustenance}, {sustentation}, {sustainment}, {maintenance}, {upkeep}]

5: the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community; "unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit" [syn: {maintenance}, {criminal maintenance}]

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