public assistance

noun
Updated on: 27 Mar 2018

Definition of public assistance

: government aid to needy, aged, or disabled persons and to dependent children

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First Known Use of public assistance

1884

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Definition of public assistance for English Language Learners

  • : money that the government gives to people who are poor, old, or disabled


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