poverty trap

noun

Definition of poverty trap 

: a situation in which a person who is poor is unable to escape from poverty especially, chiefly British : a situation in which a poor person who gets a job will remain poor because the amount of money that person receives from the government will be reduced

Learn More about poverty trap

Share poverty trap

Statistics for poverty trap

Look-up Popularity

Comments on poverty trap

What made you want to look up poverty trap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!