- the act of assisting; help; aid; support.
Origin of assistance
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Examples from the Web for 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.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860
And when they returned again out of Egypt, his assistances were no way inferior to the good offices he had formerly done them.The Antiquities of the Jews
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
- help; support
- the act of assisting
- British informal See national assistance
Word Origin and History for assistances
early 15c., "act of helping or aiding," from Middle French assistance, from assister (see assist (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper