Meaning of “means testing” in the English Dictionary

"means testing" in English

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means testingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmiːnz ˌtes.tɪŋ/ us /ˈmiːnz ˌtes.tɪŋ/
means test
noun [ C ] uk /ˈmiːnz ˌtest/ us /ˈmiːnz ˌtest/
verb [ T ] uk /ˈmiːnz ˌtest/ us /ˈmiːnz ˌtest/

Should we means-test for Social Security benefits?
adjective uk /ˈmiːnz ˌtes.tɪd/ us /ˈmiːnz ˌtes.tɪd/

means-tested benefits

(Definition of “means testing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"means-testing" in Business English

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means-testingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmiːnzˌtestɪŋ/ us GOVERNMENT, FINANCE

the measuring of people's income in order to decide who gets money from the government for medical care, education, legal services, etc. or how much people get:

The government may introduce means-testing for eligibility for a state pension.
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)