[suh b-ven-shuh n]
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  1. a grant of money, as by a government or some other authority, in aid or support of some institution or undertaking, especially in connection with science or the arts.
  2. the furnishing of aid or relief.

Origin of subvention

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin subventiōn- (stem of subventiō) official grant in aid, equivalent to subvent(us) (past participle of subvenīre to subvene) + -iōn- -ion
Related formssub·ven·tion·ar·y, adjective

Synonyms for subvention

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1. See subsidy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a grant, aid, or subsidy, as from a government to an educational institution
  2. the act or process of providing aid or help of any sort
  3. sport a fee paid indirectly to a supposedly amateur athlete for appearing at a meeting
Derived Formssubventionary, adjective

Word Origin for subvention

C15: from Late Latin subventiō assistance, from Latin subvenīre to subvene
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Word Origin and History for subvention

c.1400, from Middle French subvention, from Late Latin subventionem (nominative subventio) "assistance," from past participle stem of Latin subvenire "come to one's aid," from sub "up to" (see sub-) + venire "to come" (see venue).

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