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[meyn-tuh-nuh ns]
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  1. the act of maintaining: the maintenance of proper oral hygiene.
  2. the state of being maintained: the maintenance of friendly relations with England.
  3. care or upkeep, as of machinery or property: With proper maintenance the car will last for many years.
  4. means of upkeep, support, or subsistence; livelihood: to provide a comfortable maintenance.
  5. alimony or child support.
  6. Law. an officious meddling in a suit in which the meddler has no interest, by assisting either party with means to prosecute or defend it.
  1. Pharmacology, Psychiatry. administered to sustain a desired physiological or mental condition: maintenance dose.

Origin of maintenance

1275–1325; Middle English maintenaunce < Middle French maintenance. See maintain, -ance
Related formsnon·main·te·nance, nounpre·main·te·nance, nounself-main·te·nance, noun

Synonym study

4. See living.
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British Dictionary definitions for maintenances


  1. the act of maintaining or the state of being maintained
  2. a means of support; livelihood
  3. (modifier) of or relating to the maintaining of buildings, machinery, etcmaintenance man
  4. law (formerly unlawful) the interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it, as by providing funds to continue the actionSee also champerty
  5. law a provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse
  6. computing
    1. the correction or prevention of faults in hardware by a programme of inspection and the replacement of parts
    2. the removal of existing faults and the modification of software in response to changes in specification or environment

Word Origin

C14: from Old French; see maintain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for maintenances



mid-14c., "bearing, deportment," from Old French maintenance "upkeep; shelter, protection,: from maintenir (see maintain). Meaning "action of upholding or keeping in being" is from early 15c. "Action of providing a person with the necessities of life" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

maintenances in Medicine


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  1. The extent to which a patient continues good health practices without professional supervision, as distinguished from adherence or compliance.
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