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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English mayntenaunce, from Old French maintenance, from maintenir, from Latin manus tenēre (to hold in the hand).

Note that maintain has undergone a sound and spelling change, hence is spelt with -tain-, rather than the -ten- still found in maintenance.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeɪnt(ə)nəns/, /ˈmeɪntɪnəns/
  • (file)

NounEdit

maintenance (usually uncountable, plural maintenances)

  1. Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service
  2. (law) A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.
  3. (law, Britain) Alimony, a periodical payment or a lump sum made or ordered to be made to a spouse after a divorce.
  4. (law) Child support.
  5. Money required or spent to provide for the needs of a person or a family.
  6. (biology) The natural process which keeps an organism alive.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

maintenir (to maintain) +‎ -ance.

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NounEdit

maintenance f (plural maintenances)

  1. maintenance

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