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sustentation

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noun sus·ten·ta·tion \-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of sustentation

  1. 1 :  the act of sustaining :  the state of being sustained: asa :  maintenance, upkeepb :  preservation, conservationc :  maintenance of life, growth, or moraled :  provision with sustenance

  2. 2 :  something that sustains :  support

sustentative

play \ˈsəs-tən-ˌtā-tiv, sə-ˈsten-tə-tiv\ adjective


Examples of sustentation in a sentence

  1. <argues that a new toll is needed to pay for the long-term sustentation of the city's bridges>

  2. <the all-important sustentation of Mount Vernon, Monticello, and other national treasures>



Origin and Etymology of sustentation

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sustentation-, sustentatio act of holding up, from sustentare to hold up, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain


First Known Use: 14th century


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