AskDefine | Define sustenance

Dictionary Definition



1 a source of materials to nourish the body [syn: nutriment, nourishment, nutrition, 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" [syn: support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter]
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" [syn: sustentation, sustainment, maintenance, upkeep]

User Contributed Dictionary



, from , from sustenir (14c)


  1. Something that provides support or nourishment.



Extensive Definition

Sustenance can refer to any means of subsistence or livelihood;

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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