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sustention

[suh-sten-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of sustaining.
  2. the state or quality of being sustained.

Origin of sustention

1865–70; susten- (see sustain) + -tion, modeled on detain: detention, retain: retention
Related formssus·ten·tive [suh-sten-tiv] /səˈstɛn tɪv/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Accuracy, verisimilitude, sustention, count for nothing in comparison with imaginative adroitness and variety.

    Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)

    John Morley


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