self-main·​te·​nance | \ ˌself-ˈmānt-nən(t)s How to pronounce self-maintenance (audio) , -ˈmān-tə-nən(t)s \

Definition of self-maintenance

: the act or process of maintaining oneself or itself machines capable of performing self-maintenance especially : the act or process of attending to and caring for oneself For a little self-maintenance at home, men should have a small pair of scissors handy. Use it to trim your moustaches and beards in a mirror in between regular visits to the barber. — Noel Foo Even though he isn't ready to put in the self-maintenance work required for a healthy romantic relationship, Murray did admit that he wonders why, at 64-years-old, he still hasn't found the great love of his life. — Julie Miller

First Known Use of self-maintenance

1639, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-maintenance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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