means test


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

Examples of means test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two stringent legal tests in California, the ABC test and the manner and means test (also known as the Borello test), set an exceedingly high bar for someone to be categorized as a contractor working for a company based in the state, according to employment lawyers who spoke with The Post. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 This means tests can be extremely fast, running in under 60 seconds. IEEE Spectrum, 29 May 2020 Even Haley’s proposal to increase the retirement age and means test benefits won’t sit well with millions of Americans who count on and support these two universal social insurance programs that have done so much to alleviate the challenges of old age. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 9 Mar. 2023 Congress could means test Social Security to extend the program’s fiscal runway. Cameron Smith |, al, 12 Feb. 2023 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of means test was in 1930

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“Means test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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