public assistance

noun

Definition of public assistance

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

First Known Use of public assistance

1884


PUBLIC ASSISTANCE Defined for English Language Learners

public assistance

noun

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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