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sustentation

[suhs-tuh n-tey-shuh n] /ˌsʌs tənˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
maintenance in being or activity; the sustaining of life through vital processes.
2.
provision with means or funds for upkeep.
3.
means of sustaining life; sustenance.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin sustentātiōn- (stem of sustentātiō) an upholding, equivalent to sustentāt(us) (past participle of sustentāre, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
sustentational, adjective
sustentative
[suhs-tuh n-tey-tiv, suh-sten-tuh-tiv] /ˈsʌs tənˌteɪ tɪv, səˈstɛn tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
self-sustentation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-sustentation

sustentation

/ˌsʌstɛnˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
a less common word for sustenance
Word Origin
C14: from Latin sustentātio, from sustentāre, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain
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