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maintenance = [mass noun] 2. The provision of financial support for a person’s living expenses, or the support so provided

1. Would someone please confirm the right part of speech and definition of so? Is it an adverb and thus the following definition 4 thereunder?

  1. In the way described or demonstrated; thus

2. Is the bolded cause necessary? It seems just to repeat the first clause? If there's already provision of financial support, then necessarily the bolded is true?

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maintenance = [mass noun] 2. The provision of financial support for a person’s living expenses, or the support so provided

Yes, the word so means "provided in this way, in this fashion".

No, the use of the bolded part is not excessive. The first part describes the process of the provision of support:

Maintenance of his children has been part of my duties for the last 2 years.

The second part describes the outcome, the results of the process, that is, the benefits received by the person who is the object of maintenance.

They received a generous maintenance that allowed them to travel abroad once in a while.

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