sus·tain /sə-'stān/ vt
1: to support as true, legal, or just
2: to allow or uphold as valid
sustain an objection compare overrule 1
sus·tain·able adj

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

I (confirm) verb affirm, approve, assent to, attest, authenticate, bear out, buttress, certify, circumstantiate, consent to, corroborate, defend, document, endorse, establish, evidence, justify, make firm, prove, ratify, reinforce, sanction, settle, strenghten, substantiate, support, uphold, uphold in evidence, validate, verify, vindicate associated concepts: sustain a lower courts decision II (prolong) verb attentuate, bolster, conserve, continue, contribute to, elongate, extend, fortify, guard, keep going, keep up, lengthen, maintain, nourish, perpetuate, preserve, promote, protect, protract, reinforce, save, spare, strengthen, stretch, sustentare, sustinere, uphold III index adhere (persist), affirm (uphold), aid, allow (authorize), allow (endure), approve, authorize, bear (adduce), bear (support), bear (tolerate), bolster, care (regard), certify (attest), concur (agree), confirm, conserve, continue (persevere), continue (prolong), corroborate, countenance, defend, demonstrate (establish), document, endure (last), endure (suffer), finance, foster, fund, harbor, help, indorse, justify, keep (continue), keep (shelter), last, nurture, pass (approve), perpetuate, persevere, persist, preserve, prolong, promote (organize), protect, provide (supply), reaffirm, reassure, remain (continue), retain (keep in possession), side, sponsor, subsidize, supply, support (assist), support (corroborate), uphold, vouch, witness (attest to)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To support.
(2) To uphold; to affirm the validity of something.
(3) To suffer something unpleasant, such as an injury.

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

To agree with or rule in favor of a party in court. For example, if a judge agrees with an attorney's objection to a question at trial, the judge will say "objection sustained."
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

v. To support or adequately maintain over a long period of time; (in court) to uphold; to rule in favor of; to corroborate.
See also overrule.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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.

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

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.
II A court ruling upholding an objection or a motion.

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

   in trial practice, for a judge to agree that an attorney's objection, such as to a question, is valid. Thus, an attorney asks a 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 approved and the question cannot be asked or answered. However, if the judge finds the question proper, he/she will "overrule" the objection.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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