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noun

(formerly, in the British National Insurance scheme) a weekly payment made to a person who had been off work through illness for more than three days and less than six months; replaced by incapacity benefit in 1995
(in New Zealand) a payment made by the Department of Social Welfare to a person unable to work owing to a medical condition

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