We saw that it was the duty of the State to secure the conditions of self-maintenance for the normal healthy citizen.
The colored race in the south must be educated by the struggle for existence into self-maintenance.
The proper aim of such a settlement should have been security, self-maintenance, and peace with all men.
Before this they were doubtless the equals of any non-slaveholding tribe in self-maintenance.
To prepare the blind for self-maintenance, there should be an equally careful study of the ability of each child.
It seems also to exclude the motives for energy and endeavour that come from self-maintenance.
They are in the nature of paid functionaries, exempted from all cares and anxiety of self-maintenance, either present or future.
The floods came, and this isolated left wing was cut off and left mainly to its own devices for self-maintenance.
Out of these arise various reactions for self-maintenance, for protection and defence.
Four millions of slaves, none of whom have any capacity for self-maintenance or self-control!
mid-14c., "bearing, deportment," from Old French maintenance "upkeep; shelter, protection,: from maintenir (see maintain). Meaning "action of upholding or keeping in being" is from early 15c. "Action of providing a person with the necessities of life" is from late 14c.
maintenance main·te·nance (mān'tə-nəns)
The extent to which a patient continues good health practices without professional supervision, as distinguished from adherence or compliance.