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public assistance

government aid to the poor, disabled, or aged or to dependent children, as financial assistance or food stamps.
Origin of public assistance
First recorded in 1900-05
Related forms
public-assistance, adjective Unabridged
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  • Everything in the way of public assistance is thus regarded with suspicion.

  • public assistance not to entail any forfeiture of political rights.

    British Socialism J. Ellis Barker
  • The department of public assistance also depended on that of the Finances.

  • In proportion as we realize the force of this argument, we reverse our view as to the nature of public assistance in such a case.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • Under the first head, the most important question is the question of public assistance.

  • In the first place, he was received very coldly at the Office of public assistance.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • I demand that this petition be referred to the Committee of public assistance to be promptly dealt with.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • This vast community of indigence and madness is under the control of the general administration of public assistance.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for public assistance

public assistance

(US) payment given to individuals by government agencies on the basis of need
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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