Examples of sustenance in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of sustenance from the Web
Prepared correctly, and with a little finesse and theater, blood can become not just sustenance but a culinary experience.
Even before 1939, Franaszek shows, he was obsessed with the idea of the poet’s responsibility—his duty to write in a way that not only was beautiful and true but also offered sustenance.
California Indians rarely go past Panther Meadow, about a 2-mile hike from Bunny Flat, for their spiritual sustenance.
The inflated sea urchin populations then fed on shallow-water kelp unhindered, and since Steller’s sea cow relied upon kelp for sustenance their decline may have been at least partly caused by these changes.
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Origin and Etymology of sustenance
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from sustenir
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
SUSTENANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sustenance for English Language Learners
: something (such as food) that keeps someone or something alive
: something that gives support, help, or strength
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