[ meyn-tuh-nuh ns ]
/ ˈmeɪn tə nəns /
the act of maintaining: the maintenance of proper oral hygiene.
the state of being maintained: the maintenance of friendly relations with England.
care or upkeep, as of machinery or property: With proper maintenance the car will last for many years.
means of upkeep, support, or subsistence; livelihood: to provide a comfortable maintenance.
alimony or child support.
Law. an officious meddling in a suit in which the meddler has no interest, by assisting either party with means to prosecute or defend it.
Pharmacology, Psychiatry. administered to sustain a desired physiological or mental condition: maintenance dose.
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Origin of maintenance
synonym study for maintenance
4. See living.
OTHER WORDS FROM maintenancenon·main·te·nance, nounpre·main·te·nance, nounself-main·te·nance, noun
Words nearby maintenance
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British Dictionary definitions for maintenances
/ (ˈmeɪntɪnəns) /
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
- the correction or prevention of faults in hardware by a programme of inspection and the replacement of parts
- 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 maintenances
[ mān′tə-nəns ]
The extent to which a patient continues good health practices without professional supervision, as distinguished from adherence or compliance.
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