[suhs-tuh n-tey-shuh n]
- maintenance in being or activity; the sustaining of life through vital processes.
- provision with means or funds for upkeep.
- means of sustaining life; sustenance.
Origin of sustentation
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Examples from the Web for sustentative
These causes may be conveniently divided as in the above diagram, into sustentative and non-sustentative.Applied Eugenics
Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
- a less common word for sustenance
C14: from Latin sustentātio, from sustentāre, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain
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Word Origin and History for sustentative
late 14c., from Anglo-French, Old French sustenacion, from Latin sustenationem (nominative sustenatio), noun of action from past participle stem of sustenare, frequentative of sustinere (see sustain).
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