Etymology
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assistance (n.)

early 15c., "act of helping or aiding; help given, aid," from Old French assistance and Medieval Latin assistentia, from the respective verbs (see assist (v.)).

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Definitions of assistance

assistance (n.)
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose;
could not walk without assistance
Synonyms: aid / assist / help
assistance (n.)
a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do;
his job was to give technical assistance over the phone
Synonyms: aid / help
assistance (n.)
gift of money or other material help to support a person or cause;
economic assistance to depressed areas
Synonyms: aid / economic aid / financial aid / financial assistance / economic assistance
From wordnet.princeton.edu