Nutrients essential to the maintenance of good health.
An example of maintenance is a janitor keeping a school clean.
A job that barely provides a maintenance.
Origin of maintenance
- Middle English maintenaunce from Old French maintenance from maintenir to maintain maintain
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Note that maintain has undergone a sound and spelling change, hence spelt with -tain-, rather than the -ten- still found in maintenance.