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main·te·nance  (mnt-nns)
1. The act of maintaining or the state of being maintained.
2. The work of keeping something in proper condition; upkeep.
a. Provision of support or livelihood: took over the maintenance of her family.
b. Means of support or livelihood: was ordered to pay maintenance for both children.
4. Law The wrongful aiding of another in the pursuit or defense of a lawsuit, especially in jurisdictions where nonparties are legally prohibited to provide financial assistance.

[Middle English maintenaunce, from Old French maintenance, from maintenir, to maintain; see maintain.]

maintenance  /mentnns/  n. [U] keeping s.t. in good condition, such as by cleaning, painting, and fixing it: The maintenance in that building is excellent, as the paint is new and the halls are always clean.

Thesaurus: maintenance upkeep, care. Ant. neglect. maintenance

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