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sustenance

[suhs-tuh-nuh ns] /ˈsʌs tə nəns/
noun
1.
means of sustaining life; nourishment.
2.
means of livelihood.
3.
the process of sustaining.
4.
the state of being sustained.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English sustena(u)nce < Anglo-French; Old French sostenance. See sustain, -ance
Related forms
sustenanceless, adjective
nonsustenance, noun
self-sustenance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-sustenance

sustenance

/ˈsʌstənəns/
noun
1.
means of sustaining health or life; nourishment
2.
means of maintenance; livelihood
3.
Also sustention (səˈstɛnʃən). the act or process of sustaining or the quality of being sustained
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sostenance, from sustenir to sustain
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Word Origin and History for self-sustenance

sustenance

n.

c.1300, "means of living, subsistence, livelihood," from Old French sustenance (French soutenance), from Late Latin sustinentia "endurance," from Latin sustinens, present participle of sustinere (see sustain). Meaning "action of sustaining life by food" is from late 14c. Sense of "nourishment" is recorded from late 15c.

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