Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun maintenance

5 senses of maintenance

Sense 1
care, maintenance, upkeep -- (activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care")
       => repair, fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, reparation -- (the act of putting something in working order again)

Sense 2
maintenance -- (means of maintenance of a family or group)
       => support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance -- (the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood")

Sense 3
alimony, maintenance -- (court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated)
       => support payment -- (a payment made by one person for the support of another)

Sense 4
sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, maintenance, upkeep -- (the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment")
       => support -- (the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities; "his support kept the family together"; "they gave him emotional support during difficult times")

Sense 5
maintenance, criminal maintenance -- (the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community; "unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit")
       => wrongdoing, wrongful conduct, misconduct, actus reus -- (activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing")

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