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Origin of poverty level

First recorded in 1975–80

OTHER WORDS FROM poverty level

pov·er·ty-lev·el, adjective

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Cultural definitions for poverty level

poverty level

A level of income above which it is possible to achieve an adequate standard of living and below which it is not. It fluctuates with the cost of living.

notes for poverty level

Because the poverty level is somewhat artificially established by the government, it can be manipulated for political ends. As with hidden unemployment, governments are often accused of establishing a poverty level that underestimates the number of poor people.
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