poor law
noun Date: 1752 a law providing for or regulating the public relief or support of the poor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Poor law — Poor Poor, a. [Compar. {Poorer} (?; 254); superl. {Poorest}.] [OE. poure or povre, OF. povre, F. pauvre, L. pauper; the first syllable of which is probably akin to paucus few (see {Paucity}, {Few}), and the second to parare to prepare, procure.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poor Law — Poor Laws Les Poor Laws ( Lois sur les Pauvres ) se réfèrent à l allocation d une aide financière pour les plus pauvres en vigueur en Angleterre et dans le reste du Royaume Uni entre le XVIe siècle et le XIXe siècle. Elles furent… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Poor law — Poor Laws Les Poor Laws ( Lois sur les Pauvres ) se réfèrent à l allocation d une aide financière pour les plus pauvres en vigueur en Angleterre et dans le reste du Royaume Uni entre le XVIe siècle et le XIXe siècle. Elles furent… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • poor law — poor′ law n. a law or system of laws providing for the relief or support of the poor at public expense • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • Poor law — (engl., spr. pūr lao, »Armengesetz«), in England die gesetzlichen Bestimmungen über öffentliches Armenwesen. Hauptorgan der Armenpflege sind die Unions (Bezirke), die in der Regel aus mehreren Parishs (Kirchspielen) zusammengesetzt sind, aber… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • poor-law — poorˈ law adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑poor …   Useful english dictionary

  • Poor Law — This article deals chiefly with the English Poor Laws covering England and Wales. For the laws regarding the other areas of the British Isles see Irish Poor Laws and Scottish Poor Law The Poor Law was the system for the provision of social… …   Wikipedia

  • poor law — noun a law providing support for the poor • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑law * * * noun Etymology: poor (II) : a law providing for or regulating the pub …   Useful english dictionary

  • poor law — a law or system of laws providing for the relief or support of the poor at public expense. [1745 55] * * * In British history, a body of laws undertaking to provide relief for the poor, developed in 16th century England and maintained, with… …   Universalium

  • poor law — noun the Poor Law a group of British laws which controlled the help given to poor people in former times …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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