Definitions for sustenanceˈsʌs tə nəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sus•te•nanceˈsʌs tə nəns(n.)

  1. means of sustaining life; nourishment.

  2. means of livelihood.

  3. the process of sustaining.

  4. the state of being sustained.

Origin of sustenance:

1250–1300; < AF; OF sostenance. See sustain , -ance

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nutriment, nourishment, nutrition, sustenance, aliment, alimentation, victuals(noun)

    a source of materials to nourish the body

  2. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance(noun)

    the financial means whereby one lives

    "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

  3. sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, maintenance, upkeep(noun)

    the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

    "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment"


  1. sustenance(Noun)

    Something that provides support or nourishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sustenance(noun)

    the act of sustaining; support; maintenance; subsistence; as, the sustenance of the body; the sustenance of life

  2. Sustenance(noun)

    that which supports life; food; victuals; provisions; means of living; as, the city has ample sustenance


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