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poverty level

noun
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80
Related forms
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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