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The below is the two lexical meaning of 'maintain.'

a. to continue having or doing (something)
▪ She continues to maintain her silence.
b. to say that (something) is true
▪ He maintains that such decisions are best left to local authorities.

Which of the two, the word 'maintain' in the text below is used to mean.

These legitimate distinctions are often ignored in statistics that merely count cases. The public may have a richer conception of risks than the experts do. Consequently, the view cannot be maintained that experts’ opinions should be accepted without question when they conflict with the opinions of other citizens.
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Stenka25Which of the two, the word 'maintain' in the text below is used to mean.
It is actually a combination of both meanings. (continue to say that something is true)
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