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Definition of maintenance:

  1. 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.
  2. That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences.
  3. The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication.

Synonyms:

nourishment, aliment, precaution, fear, forethought, subsistence, sustenance, alimony, pay, aid, money, attention, criminal maintenance, preservation, caution, resources, charge, support, upkeep, alimentation, tending, bread and butter, sustainment, guardianship, bread, living, nutriment, keep, keeping, livelihood, care, concern, tutelage, sustentation, victuals, nutrition.

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