Definition of sustentation in English:

sustentation

Line breaks: sus¦ten|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌst(ə)nˈteɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun] formal
  • The support or maintenance of someone or something, especially through the provision of money: provision is made for the sustentation of preachers
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin sustentatio(n-), from sustentare 'uphold, sustain', frequentative of sustinere (see sustain).

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