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sustenance

noun sus·te·nance \ˈsəs-tə-nən(t)s\

: something (such as food) that keeps someone or something alive

: something that gives support, help, or strength

Full Definition of SUSTENANCE

1
a :  means of support, maintenance, or subsistence :  living
b :  food, provisions; also :  nourishment
2
a :  the act of sustaining :  the state of being sustained
b :  a supplying or being supplied with the necessaries of life
3
:  something that gives support, endurance, or strength
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Examples of SUSTENANCE

  1. Tree bark provides deer with sustenance in periods of drought.
  2. The village depends on the sea for sustenance.
  3. She draws spiritual sustenance from daily church attendance.

Origin of SUSTENANCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from sustenir
First Known Use: 14th century

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SUSTENANCE Defined for Kids

sustenance

noun sus·te·nance \ˈsə-stə-nəns\

Definition of SUSTENANCE for Kids

2
:  the act of supplying with the necessities of life
3
:  2support 2 <God is our sustenance in time of trouble.>

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