poverty trap


Definition of poverty trap

  1. :  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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions

    :  renunciation as a member of a religious order of the right as an individual to own property

    :  scarcity, dearth

  1. :  a device for taking game or other animals

    :  one that holds by springing shut suddenly

    :  something by which one is caught or stopped unawares

  1. :  to catch or take in or as if in a trap :  entrap

    :  to place in a restricted position :  confine

    :  to provide or set (a place) with traps

  1. :  to adorn with or as if with trappings

  1. :  traprock

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