public assistance

[ puhb-likuh-sis-tuhns ]
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  1. government aid to poor, disabled, or aged people or to dependent children, as financial assistance or food stamps.

Origin of public assistance

First recorded in 1900–05

Other words from public assistance

  • pub·lic-as·sis·tance, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for public assistance

public assistance

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

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