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English definition of “maintenance”

maintenance

noun [U] (MONEY)    /ˈmeɪn.tɪ.nəns/
money that a person must pay regularly by law in order to support their child or previous marriage partner after a divorce (= official end to a marriage): He refused to pay maintenance for his three children.Costs and expensesEnding relationships and divorce
(Definition of maintenance noun (MONEY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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