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poverty level

noun
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80
Related forms
poverty-level, adjective
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Examples from the web for poverty level
  • These are perennial movements and resettlement processes in the country that are adding to poverty level.
  • He is taking steps to reduce the poverty level and keep the economy thriving.
  • Also, if unemployment data is not available, perhaps poverty level can be included.
  • Remove loop holes yes, but also put in a flat tax that starts taxation at poverty level plus ten percent.
  • We do not charge for books in my district, even school fees are waived for below poverty level students.
  • Somehow this has morphed into a debate over the number of people living below the poverty level.
  • Even if people are lucky enough to find a job at the minimum wage, they will still live near the poverty level.
poverty level in Culture

poverty level definition


A level of income above which it is possible to achieve an adequate standard of living and below which it is not. It fluctuates with the cost of living.

Note: Because the poverty level is somewhat artificially established by the government, it can be manipulated for political ends. As with hidden unemployment, governments are often accused of establishing a poverty level that underestimates the number of poor people.
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