Origin of Maintenance
From Middle English mayntenaunce, from Old French maintenance, from maintenir, from Latin manus tenere (“to hold in the hand").
Note that maintain has undergone a sound and spelling change, hence spelt with -tain-, rather than the -ten- still found in maintenance.
Middle English maintenaunce from Old French maintenance from maintenir to maintain maintain
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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