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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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Supporting organizations come in a handful of varieties, defined by the relationship with their supported organizations: Type I (supervised or controlled by); Type II (supervised or controlled in connection with); and Type III (operated in connection with).
As part of our continued support for Hudson Yards we supported the expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Many times young children need only these several images to feel solidly supported and tension-free while sitting.
And that speaks to a healthy, fit force going forward that is appropriately surveyed and supported in relatively toxic environments, but maintaining their health, maintaining that force, able to do the mission that they have been asked to do.
Parris said during HMM-266's time in Al Qaim, they participated in diverse missions and supported the Iraqis and Marines on the ground.
To qualify for an EHS Core Center the applicant institution must already have an identity in environmental health sciences as defined as a substantial base of ongoing, independently supported, peer-reviewed research projects related to the study of environmental health sciences or environmental medicine, a substantial portion of which should be supported by NIEHS.
Supported Employment Program, North Battleford: To enables approximately 35 persons with intellectual disabilities to develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to find and maintain a position in the workforce.
Furthermore, evidence was provided that technology is most effective when supported by a counselor through one-on-one or group counseling or guidance, as opposed to being self-help (Harris-Bowlsbey, Riley-Dikel, & Sampson, 2002; Harris-Bowlsbey & Sampson, 2001).
* Develop a process to assist in getting it institutionalized, funded, integrated, and supported.
Data Fountains work is supported by IMLS and the Library of the University of California at Riverside.
Individuals that feel supported by their supervisors feel valued and important, have increased self-concept, and develop an internal perspective of being part of a larger group (Storey & Certo, 1996).

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