government aid to the poor, disabled, or aged or to dependent children, as financial assistance or food stamps.
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Origin of public assistance
First recorded in 1900–05
Related formspub·lic-as·sis·tance, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for public assistance
US payment given to individuals by government agencies on the basis of need
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