What does sustenance mean?

Definitions for sustenance
ˈsʌs tə nənssus·te·nance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nutriment, nourishment, nutrition, sustenance, aliment, alimentation, victualsnoun

    a source of materials to nourish the body

  2. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenancenoun

    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, upkeepnoun

    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. sustenancenoun

    Something that provides support or nourishment.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sustenancenoun

    Etymology: soustenance, Fr.

    Scarcely allowing himself fit sustenance of life, rather than he would spend those goods for whose sake only he seemed to joy in life. Philip Sidney.

    There are unto one end sundry means; as for the sustenance of our bodies many kinds of food, many sorts of raiment to clothe our nakedness. Richard Hooker.

    Is then the honour of your daughter of greater moment to her, than to my daughter her’s, whose sustenance it was? Add.

    The experiment cost him his life for want of sustenance. Roger L'Estrange.

    The ancients were inventers of all arts necessary to life and sustenance, as plowing and sowing. William Temple.


  1. sustenance

    Sustenance refers to the food and drink that a person, animal, or plant requires to remain alive and healthy. It can also refer to the maintaining of something or someone in life or existence, or the process of being sustained. Therefore, sustenance can encompass not only physical nourishment but also emotional or spiritual nourishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sustenancenoun

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

  2. Sustenancenoun

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

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

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  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

Examples of sustenance in a Sentence

  1. Tom Fahy:

    Making music is voluntary. Unlike bread, we don’t require it for our sustenance. Accordingly, music shouldn’t require its pound of flesh from the would-be listener. The price of art should be set by the market, by the listener, not by a machine with political interests.

  2. 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.

  3. Vijaya Raghavan:

    If we analyze anemia to be a triggering condition for perinatal depression and try to talk to the health department about the problems, they will say it is a nutrition problem and lead us to them. The nutrition department will say they have provided all nutritional sustenance and perhaps it is not reaching the women due to lack of education and lead us to the education department and that just goes on.

  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. 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.

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