The action of upholding or maintaining something or someone; maintenance, upkeep. In spec. use (perhaps only in university colleges, as in quots. 1663, 1934): the offence of supplying another with food, etc., provided for one’s personal subsistence.
“manutention, n.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, January 2018, www.oed.com/view/Entry/113811. Accessed 13 March 2018.