poverty level

noun

Origin:
1975–80

poverty-level, adjective
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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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Example sentences
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.
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