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maintenance

[ meyn-tuh-nuhns ]
/ ˈmeɪn tə nəns /
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noun
adjective
Pharmacology, Psychiatry. administered to sustain a desired physiological or mental condition: maintenance dose.
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Origin of maintenance

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

OTHER WORDS FROM maintenance

non·main·te·nance, nounpre·main·te·nance, nounself-main·te·nance, noun
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What are other ways to say maintenance?

Maintenance refers to care or upkeep, as of machinery or property, or to the means of upkeep, support, or subsistence. How is maintenance different from living and livelihood? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

How to use maintenance in a sentence

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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Medical 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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