Definition of poverty line in English:

poverty line

Syllabification: pov·er·ty line


  • The estimated minimum level of income needed to secure the necessities of life.
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    • 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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