maintenance

Part of speech: noun

The act of maintaining; means of support.

Part of speech: adjective

Maintainable.

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Usage examples "maintenance":

  1. When maintenance was the difficult problem it was in your day there were many men who could not maintain themselves, and a vast number who could not maintain women in addition to themselves. - "Equality", Edward Bellamy.
  2. Its maintenance is therefore assured for the next ten years. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  3. The maintenance of any doubt on that matter,- were it even desirable to maintain a doubt,- would be altogether beyond the power of the present writer. - "Phineas Redux", Anthony Trollope.