maintenance

[ meyn-tuh-nuh ns ]
/ ˈmeɪn tə nəns /

noun

adjective

Pharmacology, Psychiatry. administered to sustain a desired physiological or mental condition: maintenance dose.

Nearby words

  1. maintain,
  2. maintainable,
  3. maintained school,
  4. maintainer,
  5. maintainor,
  6. maintenance and cure,
  7. maintenance drug therapy,
  8. maintenance of membership,
  9. maintenance-free,
  10. maintenon

Origin of maintenance

1275–1325; Middle English maintenaunce < Middle French maintenance. See maintain, -ance

Related formsnon·main·te·nance, nounpre·main·te·nance, nounself-main·te·nance, noun

Synonym study

4. See living.

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British Dictionary definitions for maintenance

maintenance

/ (ˈmeɪntɪnəns) /

noun

the act of maintaining or the state of being maintained
a means of support; livelihood
(modifier) of or relating to the maintaining of buildings, machinery, etcmaintenance man
law (formerly unlawful) the interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it, as by providing funds to continue the actionSee also champerty
law a provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse
computing
  1. the correction or prevention of faults in hardware by a programme of inspection and the replacement of parts
  2. the removal of existing faults and the modification of software in response to changes in specification or environment

Word Origin for maintenance

C14: from Old French; see maintain

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Word Origin and History for maintenance

maintenance

n.

mid-14c., "bearing, deportment," from Old French maintenance "upkeep; shelter, protection,: from maintenir (see maintain). Meaning "action of upholding or keeping in being" is from early 15c. "Action of providing a person with the necessities of life" is from late 14c.

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Medicine definitions for maintenance

maintenance

[ māntə-nəns ]

n.

The extent to which a patient continues good health practices without professional supervision, as distinguished from adherence or compliance.

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