sustentation

noun sus·ten·ta·tion \ -ˈtā-shən \

Definition of sustentation

1 :the act of sustaining :the state of being sustained: such as
c :maintenance of life, growth, or morale
d :provision with sustenance
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


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