Definition of Maintenance

1. Noun. Activity involved in maintaining something in good working order. "He wrote the manual on car care"

2. Noun. Means of maintenance of a family or group.
Generic synonyms: Bread And Butter, Keep, Livelihood, Living, Support, Sustenance
Derivative terms: Maintain

3. Noun. Court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated.
Exact synonyms: Alimony
Generic synonyms: Support Payment

4. Noun. The act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence. "Fishing was their main sustainment"
Exact synonyms: Sustainment, Sustenance, Sustentation, Upkeep
Generic synonyms: Support
Derivative terms: Maintain, Sustain, Sustain, Sustentacular

5. Noun. The unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community. "Unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit"
Exact synonyms: Criminal Maintenance
Generic synonyms: Actus Reus, Misconduct, Wrongdoing, Wrongful Conduct
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

Definition of Maintenance

1. n. The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication.

Definition of Maintenance

1. Noun. Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service ¹

2. Noun. (legal) A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit. ¹

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Definition of Maintenance

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Maintenance

1. The upkeep of property or equipment. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Maintenance

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1. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"3 pp. (Sen. doc. 115, 1882.) 1896-1904. Stmt. of revenue receipts from federal govt. for maintenance of Mass. Soldiers' Home. (AR auditor 1896 (p. ..."

2. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"INFLUENCE OF MANNERS UPON THE maintenance OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC IN THE UNITED STATES I have previously remarked that the manners of the people may be ..."

3. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1886)
"THE scope of this paper has been purposely limited to the maintenance of rural roadways. Urban districts, as a rule, maintain highways in a fairly ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The curial mensa, which is of later origin, is of the same nature: the property reserved for the personal maintenance of the parish priest, as distinct from ..."

5. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"MINIMUM FOU maintenance. The only statement of policy made by the Federal Board concerning the minimum amount to be expended for maintenance admits of the ..."

6. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"maintenance OF HARD ROADS. maintenance work on hard roads should be carried out in midsummer except that emergency repairs should be made at any time when ..."

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