Simple Definition of sustenance
: something (such as food) that keeps someone or something alive
: something that gives support, help, or strength
Full Definition of sustenance
Examples of sustenance
Tree bark provides deer with sustenance in periods of drought.
The village depends on the sea for sustenance.
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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