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- (law) A court-mandated allowance made to a former spouse by a divorced or legally separated person.
- Synonym: maintenance
- 1985, Joel Schumacher; Carl Kurlander, St. Elmo's Fire, spoken by Kevin Dolenz (Andrew McCarthy):
- Who won, huh? Nobody. Used to be sex was the only free thing, No longer. Alimony… palimony… it's all financial. Love is an illusion.
- The means to support life.
a court-enforced allowance
the means to support life
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