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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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"Do you call that nourishment?" said Blaisois, pointing to the barley bread and pot of beer upon the table.
She played over every favourite song that she had been used to play to Willoughby, every air in which their voices had been oftenest joined, and sat at the instrument gazing on every line of music that he had written out for her, till her heart was so heavy that no farther sadness could be gained; and this nourishment of grief was every day applied.
A sickness like that of death came over her, when, casting her eyes around her in despair, they fell on the little table that usually held the nourishment prepared for her grandmother.
Toward morning the nourishment which I still carefully administered wrought its healthful change in her pulse, and composed her to quieter slumbers.
He prepares the nourishment. He cooks eternally, imperturbably, suspended in the chaos of which the Master interprets the meaning.
An hour more had passed before the impenetrable old man closed his weary eyes, and consented to take his nourishment and compose himself to rest.
As to provisions, doubtless the inhabitants of the earth would find nourishment somewhere in the moon .
In the case of the misseltoe, which draws its nourishment from certain trees, which has seeds that must be transported by certain birds, and which has flowers with separate sexes absolutely requiring the agency of certain insects to bring pollen from one flower to the other, it is equally preposterous to account for the structure of this parasite, with its relations to several distinct organic beings, by the effects of external conditions, or of habit, or of the volition of the plant itself.
Their nourishment consisted entirely of the vegetables of their garden and the milk of one cow, which gave very little during the winter, when its masters could scarcely procure food to support it.
He then put his fore-hoof to his mouth, at which I was much surprised, although he did it with ease, and with a motion that appeared perfectly natural, and made other signs, to know what I would eat; but I could not return him such an answer as he was able to apprehend; and if he had understood me, I did not see how it was possible to contrive any way for finding myself nourishment. While we were thus engaged, I observed a cow passing by, whereupon I pointed to her, and expressed a desire to go and milk her.
--when I think of all this; only half-suspected, not so keenly known to me before --and how for forty years I have fed upon dry salted fare -- fit emblem of the dry nourishment of my soul --when the poorest landsman has had fresh fruit to his daily hand, and broken the world's fresh bread to my mouldy crusts --away, whole oceans away, from that young girl-wife I wedded past fifty, and sailed for Cape Horn the next day, leaving but one dent in my marriage pillow --wife?
Yet, human fellowship infused some nourishment into the flinty viands, and struck some sparks of cheerfulness out of them.