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English definition of “means-test”

means-test

verb [T]
 
 
GOVERNMENT, FINANCE
if a government means-tests money for medical care, education, legal services, etc. it gives it to people whose income is below a particular amount, or it gives different amounts depending on people's income: The government may means-test help for the elderly. means-tested benefits/grants/welfare
(Definition of means-test verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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