maintenance

[meyn-tuh-nuh ns]
noun
  1. the act of maintaining: the maintenance of proper oral hygiene.
  2. the state of being maintained: the maintenance of friendly relations with England.
  3. care or upkeep, as of machinery or property: With proper maintenance the car will last for many years.
  4. means of upkeep, support, or subsistence; livelihood: to provide a comfortable maintenance.
  5. alimony or child support.
  6. 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.
adjective
  1. Pharmacology, Psychiatry. administered to sustain a desired physiological or mental condition: maintenance dose.

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 self-maintenance

maintenance

noun
  1. the act of maintaining or the state of being maintained
  2. a means of support; livelihood
  3. (modifier) of or relating to the maintaining of buildings, machinery, etcmaintenance man
  4. 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
  5. law a provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse
  6. 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 self-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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self-maintenance in Medicine

maintenance

[māntə-nəns]
n.
  1. The extent to which a patient continues good health practices without professional supervision, as distinguished from adherence or compliance.
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