What does sustenance mean?

Definitions for sustenanceˈsʌs tə nəns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sustenance.

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

  3. Origin: [OF. sustenance, sostenance, soustenance: cf. L. sustenentia endurance. See Sustain.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sustenance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sustenance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bryant McGill:

    Turn to your community and the great earth for sustenance and knowledge.

  2. Reinhold Niebuhr:

    Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.

  3. Jennifer Louden:

    I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness from others.

  4. Alan Stewart Paton:

    Life has . taught me not to expect success to be the inevitable result of my endeavors. She taught me to seek sustenance from the endeavor itself, but to leave the result to God.

  5. Maria Duarte:

    We have several types of victims, not all are victims due to the destruction of their homes, there are people who remain without jobs and whose only form of sustenance was tourism, which momentarily is nonexistent.

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