a grant of money, as by a government or some other authority, in aid or support of some institution or undertaking, especially in connection with science or the arts.
the furnishing of aid or relief.

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin subventiōn- (stem of subventiō) official grant in aid, equivalent to subvent(us) (past participle of subvenīre to subvene) + -iōn- -ion

subventionary, adjective

1. See subsidy. Unabridged
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subvention (səbˈvɛnʃən)
1.  a grant, aid, or subsidy, as from a government to an educational institution
2.  the act or process of providing aid or help of any sort
3.  sport a fee paid indirectly to a supposedly amateur athlete for appearing at a meeting
[C15: from Late Latin subventiō assistance, from Latin subvenīre to subvene]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from M.Fr. subvention, from L.L. subventionem (nom. subventio) "assistance," from pp. stem of L. subvenire "come to one's aid," from sub "up to" + venire "to come" (see venue).
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Example sentences
The major things were to university fees, reducing the subvention on coal-mining and some inept ministers.
Without government subvention no companies can survive long.
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