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Meaning of “poverty line” in the English Dictionary

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poverty linenoun [S]

uk   us  
the ​officiallevel of ​income that is ​needed to ​achieve a ​basiclivingstandard with enough ​money for things such as ​food, ​clothing, and a ​place to ​live: In 1991 ​almost 36 million Americans were living below the ​povertyline.
(Definition of poverty line from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​familyneeds in ​order to ​maintain an ​acceptablestandard of ​living, and below which they are ​consideredpoor
(Definition of poverty line from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “poverty line”
in Chinese (Simplified) 贫困线…
in Chinese (Traditional) 貧窮界線…
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