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maintain

(mān-tān′) [L. manu tenère, to hold in the hand]
1. To hold, support, or preserve.
2. To continue, e.g., a healthy behavior.
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We know that mind has the power to maintain substance even though it may not be able to create substance--the latter is still an open question.
"But tell me, how does Tario live, and the other etherealists who maintain that food is unnecessary?"
"He says that inasmuch as we maintain that we alone are real we should, to be consistent, admit that we alone are proper food for Komal.
"We might have killed them at any distance, but one rule of war we have maintained from the first--the rule of realism.
The great capital of this association; their long established system; their hereditary influence over the Indian tribes; their internal organization, which makes every thing go on with the regularity of a machine; and the low wages of their people, who are mostly Canadians, give them great advantages over the American traders: nor is it likely the latter will ever be able to maintain any footing in the land, until the question of territorial right is adjusted between the two countries.
Realists, on the other hand, as a rule, suppress the content, and maintain that a thought consists either of act and object alone, or of object alone.
Accordingly they maintain that in knowledge we are in direct contact with objects, which may be, and usually are, outside our own minds.
Just so, I maintain (he continues), does a given undivided portion of experience, taken in one context of associates, play the part of a knower, of a state of mind, of
For a long time to come, it will not be possible to maintain a large army; and as the means of doing this increase, the population and natural strength of the community will proportionably increase.
Effingham had, from the commencement of the disputes between the colonists and the crown, warmly maintained what he believed to be the just prerogatives of his prince; while, on the other hand, the clear head and independent mind of Temple had induced him to espouse the cause of the people.
So we were saying the problem may be put thus: to maintain nutrition and to give tone to the nerves.
Then they believed in some mysterious influence exercised by her over human destinies-- that every Selenite was attached to some inhabitant of the earth by a tie of sympathy; they maintained that the entire vital system is subject to her control, etc.

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