ways and means

plural noun

Definition of ways and means

  1. 1 :  methods and resources for accomplishing something and especially for defraying expenses

  2. 2 often capitalized W&M a :  methods and resources for raising the necessary revenues for the expenses of a nation or stateb :  a legislative committee concerned with this function

First Known Use of ways and means

15th century


WAYS AND MEANS Defined for English Language Learners

ways and means

noun

Definition of ways and means for English Language Learners

  • : the methods and tools used for doing something

  • Ways and Means : a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives that is in charge of taxes, trade issues, government debt, etc.


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ways and means

noun plural

Legal Definition of ways and means

  1. 1 :  methods and resources for raising the necessary revenues for the expenses of a nation or state

  2. 2 often capitalized W&M :  a legislative committee with jurisdiction over ways and means

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