noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from maintenir Date: 14th century 1. the act of maintaining ; the state of being maintained ; support 2. something that maintains 3. the upkeep of property or equipment 4. an officious or unlawful intermeddling in a legal suit by assisting either party with means to carry it on

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  • MAINTENANCE — (Heb. מְזוֹנוֹת, mezonot), generally speaking, the supply of all the necessaries of the party entitled thereto, i.e., not only food, but also matters such as medical expenses, raiment, lodging, etc. (Sh. Ar., EH 73:7; see husband and wife ). When …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • maintenance — main·te·nance n 1 a: the act of providing basic and necessary support b: the state of having such support 2: a financial means of providing necessary assistance: as a: alimony b …   Law dictionary

  • Maintenance — Main te*nance, n. [OF. maintenance. See {Maintain}.] 1. The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication. [1913 Webster] Whatsoever is granted to the church for God s honor and the maintenance of his service, is granted to God.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maintenance — [mānt′ n əns] n. [ME maintenaunce < OFr maintenance] 1. a maintaining or being maintained; upkeep, support, defense, etc.; specif., the work of keeping a building, machinery, etc. in a state of good repair 2. means of support or sustenance;… …   English World dictionary

  • maintenance — (n.) mid 14c., bearing, deportment, from O.Fr. maintenance upkeep; shelter, protection,: from maintenir (see MAINTAIN (Cf. maintain)). Meaning action of upholding or keeping in being is from early 15c. Action of providing a person with the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • maintenance — Maintenance, Sans la maintenance et gouvernement de Dieu, toutes choses seroient en un moment reduictes à neant …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Maintenance — (mängtnangß), frz., die Erhaltung; mainteniren, festhalten, behaupten; Maintenure (mängtnühr), der gerichtliche Schutz bei einem Besitze …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • maintenance — The obligation that one person has to contribute in part or in whole to the cost of living of another person. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • maintenance — sustenance, support, *living, livelihood, subsistence, keep, bread …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • maintenance — [n] perpetuation, support; sustenance aliment, alimentation, alimony, allowance, bacon*, bread, bread and butter*, care, carrying, conservation, continuance, continuation, food, keep, keeping, livelihood, living, nurture, preservation,… …   New thesaurus

  • maintenance — ► NOUN 1) the process of maintaining or being maintained. 2) provision for one s former husband or wife after divorce …   English terms dictionary

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