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To carry on; to maintain. To affirm, uphold or approve, as when an appellate court sustains the decision of a lower court. To grant, as when a judge sustains an objection to testimony or evidence, he or she agrees with the objection and gives it effect.

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


v. in trial practice, for a judge to agree that a question asked of a witness is objectionable. Thus, an attorney asks the witness a question, and the opposing lawyer objects, saying the question is "irrelevant, immaterial and incompetent," "leading," "argumentative," or some other objection. If the judge agrees he/she will rule "sustained," meaning the objection is sustained (approved) and the question cannot be asked or answered. However, if the judge finds the question proper, he/she will "over-rule" the objection.

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Faculty can continue to strive to make aspiring musicians aware that it takes more than talent and practice to establish and sustain a career.
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The Christian witness that sustains me daily comes in the form of prayers.
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It is the move to embodiment -- the procession of Godself into the biotic realm that sustains all life -- that is the basis for unity within the Godhead.
Sustained parallel-port throughput is in the 0.5-1MB/sec range; for USB, it's 1-1.5MB/sec, but PCMCIA connections can sustain 1.5-2MB/sec.
Not long ago, most people who sustained severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) died, There was no such term as "mild traumatic brain injury," only "concussion," for which physicians prescribed a period of overnight observation.
Van Rensburg, a South African sociologist who has made thoughtful and provocative contributions to our understanding of health services in South Africa,(11-13) has recently analyzed trends in the development and structure of health care services during South Africa's 340-year history.(12) He describes how most changes have evolved in a uniform direction that has sustained and fortified major structural disparities inclusive of race, gender and urban/rural distribution of medical practitioners; the black/white bed/population ratios; and marked disparity between expenditures on preventive and curative services and in per capita expenditures on different populations.