Meaning of “poverty line” in the English Dictionary

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"poverty line" in British English

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poverty linenoun [ S ]

uk /ˈpɒv.ə.ti ˌlaɪn/ us /ˈpɑː.vɚ.t̬i ˌlaɪn/

the official level of income that is needed to achieve a basic living standard with enough money for things such as food, clothing, and a place to live:

In 1991 almost 36 million Americans were living below the poverty line.

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

"poverty line" in American English

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poverty linenoun [ U ]

us /ˈpɑv·ər·ti ˌlɑɪn/ also poverty level, us /ˈpɑv·ər·ti ˌlev·əl/

the amount of income a person or family needs in order to maintain an acceptable standard of living, and below which they are considered poor

(Definition of “poverty line” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"the poverty line" in Business English

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the poverty linenoun [ S ]

uk us US also the poverty level ECONOMICS

the official level of income that is needed to achieve a basic living standard with enough money for things such as food, clothing, and a place to live:

live above/below the poverty line Half of the nation lives below the poverty line.
incomes above/below the poverty line

(Definition of “the poverty line” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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