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aliment

in Scots family law, the obligation to maintain a member of one's family. It is now generally regulated by statute. Spouses have a mutual duty of aliment. The obligation is to provide such support as is reasonable in the circumstances. It is possible to bring an action although the spouses are living together, as where the spouse earning money keeps the other short of money. The amount is related to need and ability to pay. It may be obtained on an interim basis. See also CHILD SUPPORT.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
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Within these carefully developed cultural contexts, Hyman's readings of characters' actions, obsessions, and alimental ingestions take on a sometimes startling resonance and provide genuinely fresh insights into the nineteenth-century gentleman and the fictional worlds that he inhabits, if for no other reason than that she draws our attention to the pervasiveness of alimentary consumption throughout these novels.
Alimental business is at present high on the agenda of the two countries.