means test

noun
\ 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

Other Words from means test

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

Examples of means test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One reason was plainly the rigors of the means test, which required documentation of income, assets and in-kind support and inquiry into living arrangements. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 But there are ways to make the necessary adjustments to achieve equity without destroying their status as universal programs and therefore their broad popularity or by implementing a means test. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 And while Manchin has toyed with the idea of including a means test, so far that’s not on the table and the credit would be fully refundable. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 20 Oct. 2021 An amount equivalent to £26 or $36 today was paid weekly to those over 70 who passed a means test. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 21 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 20 May 2020 That may mean testing in animals, and certainly first testing safety, and then also a trial. John Lauerman, Bloomberg.com, 13 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of means test

1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Means test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/means%20test. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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