One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The support or maintenance of someone or something, especially through the provision of money.‘provision is made for the sustentation of preachers’
nurture, feeding, life supportView synonyms
- ‘To 40 of my poor tenants at Chellesfeld 40s. To sustentation of an honest chaplain to celebrate for my soul the divine offices in the church of Chellesfeld for three years £15.’
- ‘We also analyze the coupling strength threshold for sustentation of the connection.’
- ‘Twenty per cent of the sustentation fee shall be paid into a specially held account for the purposes of campaigning.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin sustentatio(n-), from sustentare ‘uphold, sustain’, frequentative of sustinere (see sustain).
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