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means testingnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmiːnz ˌtes.tɪŋ/
the ​officialprocess of ​measuring how much ​income a ​person has in ​order to ​decide if they should ​receivemoney from the ​government
means test
noun [C] uk   us  
means-test
verb [T] uk   us   /ˈmiːnz.test/
Should we means-test for Social Security ​benefits?
means-tested
adjective uk   us   /ˈmiːnzˌtes.tɪd/
means-tested ​benefits
(Definition of means testing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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means-testingnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmiːnzˌtestɪŋ/ GOVERNMENT, FINANCE
the ​measuring of people's ​income in ​order to decide who gets ​money from the ​government for ​medicalcare, ​education, ​legalservices, etc. or how much ​people get: The ​government may ​introduce means-testing for ​eligibility for a ​statepension.abolish/end/abandon means-testing Ending means-testing would make the ​system easier to ​administer.
(Definition of means-testing from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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