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As a verb, furnishing funds or means for maintenance; to maintain; to provide for; to enable to continue; to carry on. To provide a means of livelihood. To vindicate, to maintain, to defend, to uphold with aid or countenance.

As a noun, that which furnishes a livelihood; a source or means of living; subsistence, sustenance, maintenance, or living.

Support includes all sources of living that enable a person to live in a degree of comfort suitable and befitting her station in life. Support encompasses housing, food, clothing, health, nursing, and medical needs, along with adequate recreation expenses. Most states impose a legal duty on an individual to support his or her spouse and children.


Child Support.

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SUPPORT. The right of support is an easement which one man, either by contract or prescription, enjoys, to rest the joists or timbers of his house upon the wall of an adjoining building, owned by another person. 3 Kent, Com. 435. Vide Lois des Bat. part. 1, c. 3, s. a. 1, Sec. T; Party wall.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(118) Office of the Public Advocate, 'Project Fact Sheet: Effective Decision-making Support for People with Cognitive Impairment' (23 July 2015) Queensland Government: Department of Justice and Attorney-General <>.
A well-known method of expert estimations is quite often proposed as a method of decision-making support, but the use of it is not always effective due to the influence of the following possible factors: experts lacking the necessary qualification, limited time and resources, and rapidly changing market conditions.
Ortivus, headquartered in Danderyd, Sweden, provides information and decision-making support systems for the healthcare, emergency services and public safety markets in Europe and North America.
Established in 1999, Documental Solutions provides analysis and decision-making support tools for planners, business developers and analysts within the defense and aerospace industry.
For example, the Futurewise careers and higher education guidance scheme that we run for young people between the ages of 15 and 23 is based on a robust and progressive framework focusing on the need for in-depth psychometric profiling, one-to-one professional careers guidance and on-going decision-making support.
The awards were presented to TRANSCOM for its commitment to design, development, and decision-making support associated with the joint deployment and distribution architecture.
to provide GMDC members with decision-making support through access to the iLumen Financial Information Network, which offers financial analysis, industry expertise and a community of industry analysts and experts.
The authors, who bring with them years of expertise as practitioners and developers, offer a range of recipes, summary report formats and such features as dynamic charts, with emphasis on decision-making support and ease of use by managers and other non-experts.
The researchers, a team of six PhD's led by a medical doctor from the New York Academy of Medicine, found that the public was hungry for decision-making support from familiar doctors.
The launch of New Costing, in conjunction with a number of new case studies and two forthcoming research projects, will encourage and facilitate dialogue on these innovations and lead to the continued development of the best tools and methods for planning, control, and decision-making support.