verb (used with object)
Origin of maintain
Synonyms for maintain
Antonyms for maintain
Related Words for maintainabledefensible, conceivable, imaginable, plausible, justifiable, arguable, rational, believable, credible, feasible, reasonable, supportable, viable, workable, sustainable, excusable, impregnable, reliable, secure, sound
Examples from the Web for maintainable
Historical Examples of maintainable
Where there was a garnishment given touching a plea of land, a writ of deceit is also maintainable.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
I again mounted the ass, but found my sideward and unsupported seat only maintainable by a gymnastic of the severest order.From the Oak to the Olive
Julia Ward Howe
The chief-justice said that the action was not maintainable, as the status of slavery did not exist in England.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Word Origin for maintain
mid-13c., "to practice habitually," from Anglo-French meintenir (Old French maintenir, 12c.) "keep (a wife), sustain; persevere in, practice continually," from Latin manu tenere "hold in the hand," from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Meaning "to carry on, keep up" is from mid-14c.; that of "to keep oneself, to support" is from late 14c. Sense of "to defend in speech" is from mid-14c. Related: Maintained; maintaining; maintains.