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means test

noun
1.
an investigation into the financial position of a person applying for aid from public funds.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30

means-test

[meenz-test] /ˈminzˌtɛst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to subject (a person or a specific benefit) to a means test:
The government proposes to means-test Medicare.
verb (used without object)
2.
to perform a means test:
fair and responsible means-testing.
Origin
1960-65
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British Dictionary definitions for means test

means test

noun
1.
a test involving the checking of a person's income to determine whether he qualifies for financial or social aid from a government Compare needs test
Derived Forms
means-tested, adjective
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