public assistance


noun

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

pub·lic-as·sis·tance, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for public assistance

public assistance


noun

US payment given to individuals by government agencies on the basis of need
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