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living wage

noun
1.
a wage on which it is possible for a wage earner or an individual and his or her family to live at least according to minimum customary standards.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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Examples for living wage
  • Something should really be said about the lack of health insurance or a living wage for graduate students.
  • It's worked for me to a limited extent, but it's not a living wage.
  • The poor receive fifth-rate educations, and get stuck in unskilled jobs that don't pay a living wage.
  • However it is important for companies to pay a decent, living wage.
  • Work for a less than living wage at an entry level position if you can find it.
  • On the economic side, it has helped to sustain my family with a decent living wage and ample benefits in times of illness.
  • Billions of jobs will be available when the absolute minimum living wage is reached.
  • Any job that earns you a living wage can never be demeaning.
  • The entire history of the labor movement was one of achieving a living wage for a family of four provided by one worker.
  • Not too many of the grads are making anywhere near a living wage.
British Dictionary definitions for living wage

living wage

noun
1.
a wage adequate to permit a wage earner to live and support a family in reasonable comfort
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