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subsistence allowance Line breaks: sub¦sist|ence al¦low|ance

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also subsistence money)

Definition of subsistence allowance in English:


chiefly British
An allowance or advance on someone’s pay.
Example sentences
  • Members of the European parliament have an allowance of £8,700 a month for staff, can claim £30,000 a year for office costs and have an unrestricted travel allowance and a subsistence allowance of £180 a day.
  • The Post Office may see it as a quick and efficient way of issuing asylum seekers with their weekly subsistence allowance of £37.
  • I have decided, if I can arrange it, to trade my state pension rights for a mere subsistence allowance.
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