poverty line

poverty line
noun Date: 1901 a level of personal or family income below which one is classified as poor according to governmental standards — called also poverty level

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • poverty line — poverty ,line noun count poverty level the amount of money considered necessary to live. Someone who is below the poverty line does not have enough money: Her earnings push her family just above the poverty line …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • poverty line — n. the level of income below which a person or family is considered officially to be in poverty: also poverty level …   English World dictionary

  • poverty line — noun a level of personal income defining the state of poverty • Syn: ↑poverty level • Hypernyms: ↑personal income * * * noun the poverty line : the level of income that makes it possible for a person to pay for basic food, clothing, and …   Useful english dictionary

  • poverty line — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms poverty line : singular poverty line plural poverty lines the amount of money considered necessary to live. Someone who is below the poverty line does not have enough money …   English dictionary

  • poverty line — N SING: the N If someone is on the poverty line, they have just enough income to buy the things they need in order to live. Thirteen per cent of the population live below the poverty line …   English dictionary

  • poverty line — /ˈpɒvəti laɪn/ (say povuhtee luyn) noun 1. the lowest income level at which it is possible to maintain an adequate standard of living: many live below the poverty line. –phrase 2. on the poverty line, Colloquial very poor …   Australian English dictionary

  • poverty line — The ‘line’ that sets the boundary, and consequently the numbers, of the poor. There is much controversy over where and how it should be drawn. In Britain, the most common definition of poverty involves drawing the line in terms of the receipt of… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • poverty line — a minimum income level used as an official standard for determining the proportion of a population living in poverty. * * * …   Universalium

  • poverty line — noun The threshold of poverty, below which ones income does not cover necessities …   Wiktionary

  • poverty line — minimum income standard that is used as an index to determine how many people are living in poverty …   English contemporary dictionary

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