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Maintenance Definition

Other Maintenance Definition

[n] activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care"
[n] the act of sustaining
[n] court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
[n] means of maintenance of a family or group

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Misc. Definitions

\Main"te*nance\, n. [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}.

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