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living wage

a wage on which it is possible for a wage earner or an individual and his or her family to live at least according to minimum customary standards.
Origin of living wage
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What do you say to making tipping unlawful and paying employees a living wage?

    The Itching Palm William R Scott
  • A plan for the adjustment of the living wage to price changes.

  • Clerks in stores, she learned, do not for the most part earn a living wage.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Evidently he, too, had evolved a moral equivalent for a living wage.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • In either case the employer is the only person upon whom the obligation of paying a living wage can primarily fall.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for living wage

living wage

a wage adequate to permit a wage earner to live and support a family in reasonable comfort
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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