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

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Participants must already be enrolled in a program with proper means testing, such as the Renter Rebate program in order to verify their income., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 25 July 2019 Participants must already be enrolled in a program with proper means testing, such as the Renter Rebate program in order to verify their income., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 18 July 2019 Mitalipov estimates the gene editing technology won’t be ready for clinical trials — meaning tests in real pregnancies — for another five to 10 years. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 Opponents object to the fact that the measure applied to renters of all income levels, including the wealthy, without means testing to determine if the person getting evicted is in need of free legal assistance. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Measure F — to give tax-funded legal help to tenants facing eviction — is neck and neck in early returns," 5 June 2018 This would mean testing all other emulators other than MAME across all other platforms to eliminate the possibility that a different emu was used. Brian Crecente,, "'King of Kong' Star stripped of high scores, banned from competition," 12 Apr. 2018 But developing the technology means testing it on public roads, where accidents involving AVs and other road users are inevitable. The Economist, "Autonomous vehiclesA pedestrian has been killed by a self-driving car," 22 Mar. 2018 His campaign has pegged the cost of offering free community college tuition — no means test required — at $200 million. Maddie Hanna,, "Can N.J. gov candidates deliver on pension, tax promises?," 27 Oct. 2017

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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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