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Meaning & Definition of Sustenance in English

English

Sustenance

/səstənəns/

noun

1. A source of materials to nourish the body

    synonym:
  • nutriment
  • ,
  • nourishment
  • ,
  • nutrition
  • ,
  • sustenance
  • ,
  • aliment
  • ,
  • alimentation
  • ,
  • victuals

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • support
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • livelihood
  • ,
  • living
  • ,
  • bread and butter
  • ,
  • sustenance

3. The act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

  • "They were in want of sustenance"
  • "Fishing was their main sustainment"
    synonym:
  • sustenance
  • ,
  • sustentation
  • ,
  • sustainment
  • ,
  • maintenance
  • ,
  • upkeep