sup·port 1 vt
1 a: to promote the interests or cause of
b: to uphold or defend as valid or right
c: to argue or vote for
2: to provide with substantiation or corroboration
support an alibi
3: to provide with the means of livelihood (as housing, food, or clothing) esp. in accordance with an agreement or court order
4: to hold up or in position: maintain the physical integrity of
the right to have one's land support ed by the underlying land
support 2 n
1: the act or process of supporting: the condition of being supported
pledged the candidate their support
2: a means of obtaining the necessities of life (as food, shelter, and clothing): a source of livelihood esp. in the form of alimony or child support
3: something that provides support

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (assistance) noun accommodation, adiumentum, aid, assist, assistance, auxillum, backing, comfort, contribution, cooperation, defense, encouragement, endowment, help, helping hand, lift, livelihood, mainstay, maintenance, patronage, preservation, promotion, protection, relief, subsistence, succor, subsidium, sustenance, upkeep associated concepts: alimony, child support, failure to provide support, inadequate support, maintenance II (corroboration) noun affirmation, approval, attestation, authentication, backing, certification, circumstantiation, confirmation, documentation, endorsement, fortification, justification, ratification, strengthening, substantiation, validation, verification, vindication III (assist) verb accommodate, adesse, aid, back, bolster, champion, come to the defense of, come to the help of, contribute, cooperate with, defend, endorse, facilitate, feed, finance, furnish funds, further, help, lend money to, maintain, minister to, nourish, patronize, promote, protect, provide for, reinforce, second, subsidize, suffragan, supply the necessities of, sustain, take care of, take the part of, uphold foreign phrases:
- Parentum est liberos alere atiam nothos. — It is the duty of parents to support their children even when illegitimate
IV (corroborate) verb accredit, affirm, attest, authenticate, back up, bear out, buttress, certify, circumstantiate, confirm, establish, make absolute, make good, make more certain, prove, ratify, reinforce, strengthen, substantiate, sustain, uphold in evidence, validate, verify, vindicate, vouch for V (justify) verb account for, approve, defend, defend successfully, explain, give grounds for, make defense for, make legitimate, provide justification, say in defense, stand up for, vindicate VI index abet, abettor, accommodate, accommodation (backing), adhere (maintain loyalty), adhesion (loyalty), advantage, advocacy, advocate (espouser), advocate, affirm (uphold), aid (help), aid (subsistence), aid, alimony, allegiance, allow (authorize), approval, approve, assist, assistance, attest, auspices, base (foundation), basis, bear (tolerate), behalf, benevolence (act of kindness), bolster, bulwark, capitalize (provide capital), care (regard), certification (attested copy), charity, charter (sanction), choose, concur (agree), confederate, confirm, confirmation, conform, consent (noun), consent (verb), conservation, contribute (assist), cornerstone, corroborate, corroboration, cosign, countenance, countersign, coverage (insurance), defend, defense, demonstrate (establish), document, documentation, ecology, embrace (accept), enable, encourage, endorse, enforcement, espouse, expedite, favor (sanction), favor, fealty, finance, foster, foundation (basis), frame (structure), goodwill, grant (concede), ground, guarantee, guaranty, help (noun), help (verb), indorse, indorsement, invest (fund), involve (participate), justify, keep (continue), keep (shelter), let (permit), livelihood, loyalty, mainstay, maintain (sustain), nurture, palliate (excuse), partisan, pass (approve), patronage (support), patronize (trade with), pay (noun), pay (verb), pension, preservation, preserve, promote (organize), protect, protection, prove, quote, reassure, recommend, recommendation, reinforce, reinforcement, reliance, relief (aid), resource, safekeeping, sanction (permission), sanction, seal (solemnize), security (safety), service (assistance), shelter (protection), side, sponsor, subscribe (promise), subsidize, substantiate, sustain (confirm), sustenance, underwrite, uphold, verify (confirm), vouch

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To provide someone with money, a home, and the necessities of life.
(2) To encourage; to approve of; to defend; to aid.
(3) To corroborate; to back up with evidence.
(4) To hold something up; to bear the weight of something.
support See also alimony, child support, maintain

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

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.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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