self-main·​te·​nance ˌself-ˈmānt-nən(t)s How to pronounce self-maintenance (audio)
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-maintenance was in 1639

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Cite this Entry

“Self-maintenance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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