sustenance

[ suhs-tuh-nuh ns ]
/ ˈsʌs tə nəns /

noun

means of sustaining life; nourishment.
means of livelihood.
the process of sustaining.
the state of being sustained.

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Origin of sustenance

1250–1300; Middle English sustena(u)nce < Anglo-French; Old French sostenance. See sustain, -ance

OTHER WORDS FROM sustenance

sus·te·nance·less, adjectivenon·sus·te·nance, nounself-sus·te·nance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sustenance

sustenance
/ (ˈsʌstənəns) /

noun

means of sustaining health or life; nourishment
means of maintenance; livelihood
Also: sustention (səˈstɛnʃən) the act or process of sustaining or the quality of being sustained

Word Origin for sustenance

C13: from Old French sostenance, from sustenir to sustain
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