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-tested (audio) \ adjective

Examples of means test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Update: The Bureau of Prisons clarified on Thursday that the two staff members are presumed positive for COVID-19, meaning test results are not back yet but they are believed to have the virus based on other variables. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, "Federal prison workers say conflicting orders on coronavirus response is putting lives at risk," 19 Mar. 2020 Presumptive positive cases mean test results by a public health lab turned out positive but are still pending confirmation from the CDC. Hollie Silverman And Holly Yan, CNN, "6 people have died from novel coronavirus in the US as cases nationwide surge," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of means test

1930, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2020

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“Means test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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