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noun
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

Other definitions for means test (2 of 2)

means-test
[ 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

1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for means test

means test

noun
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 test

means-tested, adjective
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