means test

  1. an investigation into the financial position of a person applying for aid from public funds.

Origin of means test

First recorded in 1925–30

Words Nearby means test

Other definitions for means-test (2 of 2)

[ meenz-test ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to subject (a person or a specific benefit) to a means test: The government proposes to means-test Medicare.

verb (used without object)
  1. to perform a means test: fair and responsible means-testing.

Origin of means-test

1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for means test

means test

  1. a test involving the checking of a person's income to determine whether he qualifies for financial or social aid from a government: Compare needs test

Derived forms of means test

  • means-tested, adjective

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