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ways and means

noun plural

Simple Definition of ways and means

  • : the methods and tools used for doing something

  • Ways and Means : a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives that is in charge of taxes, trade issues, government debt, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ways and means

  1. 1 :  methods and resources for accomplishing something and especially for defraying expenses

  2. 2 often capitalized W&M a :  methods and resources for raising the necessary revenues for the expenses of a nation or state b :  a legislative committee concerned with this function

15th Century

First Known Use of ways and means

15th century


Law Dictionary

ways and means

noun plural

Legal Definition of ways and means

  1. 1 :  methods and resources for raising the necessary revenues for the expenses of a nation or state

  2. 2 often capitalized W&M :  a legislative committee with jurisdiction over ways and means




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