nounmass noun formal
The support or maintenance of someone or something, especially through the provision of money.‘provision is made for the sustentation of preachers’
nurture, feeding, life support
- ‘Twenty per cent of the sustentation fee shall be paid into a specially held account for the purposes of campaigning.’
- ‘We also analyze the coupling strength threshold for sustentation of the connection.’
- ‘To 40 of my poor tenants at Chellesfeld 40s. To sustentation of an honest chaplain to celebrate for my soul the divine offices in the church of Chellesfeld for three years £15.’
Late Middle English from Old French, or from Latin sustentatio(n-), from sustentare ‘uphold, sustain’, frequentative of sustinere (see sustain).
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