Part of speech: noun

The act or process of sustaining; also, subsistence; food.

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Usage examples "sustenance":

  1. If the bread and meat of human sustenance should appear in the body as recognizable bread and meat, it would hardly be a sign of health. - "Horace and His Influence", Grant Showerman.
  2. The baby at her bosom moaned in the act of sucking; one knew not how the poor woman could supply sustenance to another being. - "The Nether World", George Gissing.
  3. He was thoroughly wet through, jaded, wretched, and in want of sustenance. - "Ayala's Angel", Anthony Trollope.