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[uh-sis-tuh ns]
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  1. the act of assisting; help; aid; support.
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Origin of assistance

1375–1425; late Middle English assistence < Medieval Latin assistentia. See assist, -ence, -ance
Related formsre·as·sist·ance, noun
Can be confusedassistance assistants
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Related Words for assistance

help, service, backing, support, benefit, compensation, relief, cooperation, aid, comfort, collaboration, assist, reinforcement, hand, lift, furtherance, abetment, sustenance, boost, facilitation

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British Dictionary definitions for assistance


  1. help; support
  2. the act of assisting
  3. British informal See national assistance
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Word Origin and History for assistance


early 15c., "act of helping or aiding," from Middle French assistance, from assister (see assist (v.)).

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