Definition of poverty line in English:

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poverty line

Pronunciation: /ˈpävərdē līn/


The estimated minimum level of income needed to secure the necessities of life.
Example sentences
  • The many elderly who rely on low state pensions, but who resist means testing, suffer incomes below the poverty line.
  • We are supportive of the concept of the reduction of taxation if the family income is under the poverty line.
  • Around 40 percent of the country's population live on incomes below the official poverty line.

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Syllabification: pov·er·ty line

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