an investigation into the financial position of a person applying for aid from public funds.
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Origin of means test
First recorded in 1925–30
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Definition for means test (2 of 2)
[ meenz-test ]
/ ˈminzˌtɛst /
verb (used with object)
to subject (a person or a specific benefit) to a means test: The government proposes to means-test Medicare.
verb (used without object)
to perform a means test: fair and responsible means-testing.
Origin of means-test
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British Dictionary definitions for means test
a test involving the checking of a person's income to determine whether he qualifies for financial or social aid from a governmentCompare needs test
Derived forms of means testmeans-tested, adjective
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