means test

\ ˈmēnz- How to pronounce means test (audio) \

Definition of means test

: an examination into the financial state of a person to determine eligibility for public assistance

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means-tested \ ˈmēnz-​ˌte-​stəd How to pronounce means test (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Biden supported exempting low-income filers from the means test and making alimony and child support payments a higher priority over other debts in bankruptcy court, two measures that made it into the final bill. Washington Post, "Americans’ debts are mounting, putting new focus on Biden’s role opposing bankruptcy protections," 27 Oct. 2020 The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 mandated a mountain of new paperwork, including a means test and a credit counseling course. Washington Post, "Americans’ debts are mounting, putting new focus on Biden’s role opposing bankruptcy protections," 27 Oct. 2020 By contrast, a basic income would go to everybody, without exception, eliminating the huge administrative costs of means tests and eligibility checks. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Guy Standing on how lockdowns make the case for a basic income," 20 May 2020 That may mean testing in animals, and certainly first testing safety, and then also a trial. John Lauerman,, "Stay Home During the ‘Crisis of Our Generation’: Coronavirus Q&A," 13 May 2020 Ideally, that means testing everyone, including people who never show symptoms. NBC News, "Guidelines call for 14-day drop in cases to reopen. No state has met them.," 27 Apr. 2020 Under some projections, that could mean testing 40,000 or more Texans a day. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas needs a big ramp-up in virus testing to avoid a surge in cases as the economy reopens, experts sayThis article has comments enabled.," 26 Apr. 2020 Presumptive positives mean tests in state or local labs came back positive but have not yet been confirmed by the CDC. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "First coronavirus death in the US may be one of a growing number of cases from an unknown source, official says," 1 Mar. 2020 As always, there is support for means testing on both sides of the aisle. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Disunited States of America," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of means test

1930, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of means test

: a process done to find out the amount of money a person has in order to see if that person qualifies for government assistance

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