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Noun: sustenance  sús-tu-nun(t)s
  1. What needs to be eaten to sustain a person's body; food, esp. food containing the required vitamins and energy
    - nutriment, nourishment, nutrition, aliment, alimentation, victuals
  2. The financial means whereby one lives
    "he applied to the state for sustenance";
    - 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";
    - sustentation, sustainment, maintenance, upkeep

Derived forms: sustenances

Type of: food, nutrient, resource, support

Encyclopedia: Sustenance