maintenance

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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

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maintenance (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) (UK English) Alimony, a periodical payment or a lump sum made or ordered to be made to a spouse after a divorce.
  4. Money required or spent to provide for the needs of a person or a family.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From verb maintenir, maintenoir "to maintain" and suffix -ance.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

maintenance f (plural maintenances)

  1. maintenance

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