means test
noun Date: 1930 an examination into the financial state of a person to determine his eligibility for public assistance • means-tested adjective

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  • means-test — ˈmeans test noun [countable] an official check in order to find out if someone is poor enough to receive welfare benefit S (= payments from the state when you are ill, without work etc): • He has made proposals for means tests for Social Security …   Financial and business terms

  • means test — Added to the Code in 2005, the means test is intended to screen out those filing Chapter 7 who are supposedly able to repay some part of their debts. The test is found in Official Form B22a. Debtors who fail the means test may convert their case… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • means-test — means′ test v. t. 1) cvb to subject (a person or a specific benefit) to a means test: The government proposes to means test Medicare[/ex] 2) cvb to perform a means test: fair and responsible means testing[/ex] • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • means test — In bankruptcy, a formula that uses predefined income and expense categories to determine whether a debtor whose current monthly income is higher than the median family income for his or her state should be allowed to file for bankruptcy.… …   Law dictionary

  • means-test — [mēnz′test′] vt. to subject to a means test means tested adj …   English World dictionary

  • means test — UK US noun [C] GOVERNMENT, FINANCE ► a way of finding out how much income a person has in order to decide whether they should receive money from the government, for example towards medical care, education, or legal services: »People who pass a… …   Financial and business terms

  • means test — means ,test noun count an examination of your income in order to find out whether you have the right to receive any extra money from the government ╾ means ,test verb intransitive or transitive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • means test — means tests N COUNT: usu sing A means test is a test in which your income is calculated in order to decide whether you qualify for a grant or benefit from the state …   English dictionary

  • means test — n an official check in order to find out whether someone is poor enough to need money from the government >means tested adj ▪ means tested benefits …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • means test — means′ test n. an investigation into a person s finances to determine eligibility for public assistance • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • means test — n. an investigation of a person s financial resources, made to determine whether that person is eligible for welfare payments, low cost housing, etc …   English World dictionary

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