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[uh-sis-tuh ns]
  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 assistances

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

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Historical Examples of assistances

  • He received two millions in cash from the King, and other assistances.

    The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete

    Duc de Saint-Simon

  • But all these things are only desirable embellishments and assistances.

  • And when they returned again out of Egypt, his assistances were no way inferior to the good offices he had formerly done them.

  • But the non-smoker is not in need of252 these assistances: it is only the smoker who requires to smoke for these purposes.

    Woman and Womanhood

    C. W. Saleeby

British Dictionary definitions for assistances


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



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

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