Term of the Day poverty

 
Term of the Day

poverty

Condition where people’s basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter are not being met. Poverty is generally of two types: (1) Absolute poverty is synonymous with destitution and occurs when people cannot obtain adequateresources (measured in terms of calories or nutrition) to support a minimum level of physical health. Absolute poverty means about the same everywhere, and can be eradicated as demonstrated by some countries. (2) Relative poverty occurs when people do not enjoy a certain minimum level of living standards as determined by a government (and enjoyed by the bulk of thepopulation) that vary from country to country, sometimes within the same country. Relative poverty occurs everywhere, is said to be increasing, and may never be …
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Usage Example
Many advocates are pushing to raise the minimum wage in the U.S. in hopes of propelling more people above the poverty line.
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