poor law


Definition of poor law

: a law providing for or regulating the public relief or support of the poor

Examples of poor law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get our daily newsletter Breeding tigers and trading them and their parts is banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, but this treaty is widely flouted in Asia because of poor law-enforcement and high demand for tigers. The Economist, 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of poor law

1725, in the meaning defined above

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“Poor law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poor%20law. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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