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1. Sustenance or maintenance, as with money.
2. Something that sustains; a support.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sustentātiō, sustentātiōn-, from sustentātus, past participle of sustentāre, to support; see sustentacular.]
sus′ten·ta′tive (-tā′tĭv) adj.
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a less common word for sustenance
[C14: from Latin sustentātio, from sustentāre, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain]
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sus•ten•ta•tion(ˌsʌs tənˈteɪ ʃən)
1. maintenance in being or activity; the sustaining of life.
2. provision with means or funds for upkeep.
3. means of sustaining life; sustenance.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sustentātiō=sustentā(re), frequentative of sustinēre to sustain + -tiō -tion]
sus•ten•ta•tive (ˈsʌs tənˌteɪ tɪv, səˈstɛn tə tɪv) adj.
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|Noun||1.||sustentation - the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment"|
support - the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities; "his support kept the family together"; "they gave him emotional support during difficult times"
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