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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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This magistracy is indeed the great support of the state; for the people are easy, knowing that they are eligible to the first office in it; so that, whether it took place by the intention of the legislator, or whether it happened by chance, this is of great service to their affairs; for it is necessary that every member of the state should endeavour that each part of the government should be preserved, and continue the same.
If the supporting organization is the parent of its supported organizations, directly furthers the exempt purposes of its supported organizations, or supports a governmental unit, it is a Type HI-FI supporting organization.
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While DAU supports the infrastructure and operation of the knowledge-sharing systems several developments are the results of partnerships and provide a broader scope and increase audience relevancy.
In addition to its full-duplex, point-to-point model, SAS' small connector supports full dual-port connections on 2.5-inch hard disk drives.
At a time of unprecedented operational tempo to deploy and sustain forces, we've also had a number of initiatives to change the way our command supports the joint force.
Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-and-Below (FBCB2)--The FBCB2 supports the control and coordination of forces down to the platform level (individual vehicle or aircraft).
While the system strongly supports fully automated and fully manual processes for collection building, the technology also supports semi-automated processes emphasizing interactive subject domain expertise.
In a nutshell, Anglican Appeal supports the growth and strengthening of the church both overseas and in Canada, while PWRDF supports community development projects worldwide.
The Office of Critical Incident Stress Management, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Department of Homeland Security supports 40,000 students from approximately 76 federal law enforcement agencies each year.
Interventions such as the development of natural supports have helped in reducing the extent of interpersonal demands.
PolyServe Matrix Server(TM) shared data clustering software now supports Oracle(R) Database 10g on Linux.