selfsustenance

sustenance

[suhs-tuh-nuhns]
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; Middle English sustena(u)nce < Anglo-French; Old French sostenance. See sustain, -ance

sustenanceless, adjective
nonsustenance, noun
self-sustenance, noun
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sustenance (ˈsʌstənəns)
 
n
1.  means of sustaining health or life; nourishment
2.  means of maintenance; livelihood
3.  Also: sustention the act or process of sustaining or the quality of being sustained
 
[C13: from Old French sostenance, from sustenir to sustain]

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sustenance
c.1300, "means of living, subsistence, livelihood," from O.Fr. sustenance (Fr. soutenance), from L.L. sustinentia "endurance," from L. sustinens, prp. of sustinere (see sustain). Meaning "action of sustaining life by food" is from late 14c. Sense of "nourishment" is recorded from c.1489.
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