Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In law, one guilty of maintenance (see maintenance, 4); one who maintains a cause depending between others in which he has no interest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Crim. Law) One who, not being interested, maintains a cause depending between others, by furnishing money, etc., to either party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law One who, not being an interested party, maintains a cause depending between others, by furnishing money, etc., to either party.

Etymologies

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Old French mainteneor, French mainteneur.

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