Main"te*nance (?), n. [OF. maintenance. See Maintain.]


The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication.

Whatsoever is granted to the church for God's honor and the maintenance of his service, is granted to God. South.


That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences.

Those of better fortune not making learning their maintenance. Swift.

3. Crim.Law

An officious or unlawful intermeddling in a cause depending between others, by assisting either party with money or means to carry it on. See Champerty.


Cap of maintenance. See under Cap.


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