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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assistance \As*sist"ance\, n. [Cf. F. assistance.]
     1. The act of assisting; help; aid; furtherance; succor;
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              Without the assistance of a mortal hand. --Shak.
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     2. An assistant or helper; a body of helpers. [Obs.]
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              Wat Tyler [was] killed by valiant Walworth, the lord
              mayor of London, and his assistance, . . . John
              Cavendish.                            --Fuller.
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     3. Persons present. [Obs. or a Gallicism]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need
           or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an
           assist with the housework"; "could not walk without
           assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his
           help in unloading" [syn: aid, assist, assistance,
      2: a resource; "visual aids in teaching" [syn: aid,
         assistance, help]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  74 Moby Thesaurus words for "assistance":
     advantage, aid, alimony, allotment, allowance, alterative,
     analeptic, annuity, appropriation, assist, avail, backing, balm,
     balsam, benefit, bounty, comfort, corrective, cure,
     depletion allowance, dole, ease, fellowship, financial assistance,
     good offices, grant, grant-in-aid, guaranteed annual income, hand,
     healing agent, healing quality, help, lift, ministration, ministry,
     office, offices, old-age insurance, pecuniary aid, pension,
     prescription, price support, profit, protection, public assistance,
     public welfare, receipt, recipe, reinforcement, relief,
     remedial measure, remedy, rescue, restorative, retirement benefits,
     scholarship, service, sovereign remedy, specific, specific remedy,
     stipend, subsidization, subsidy, subvention, succor, support,
     supporting, tax benefit, therapy, upholding, use, welfare,
     welfare aid, welfare payments

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