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poverty

a situation where a person's income is too low to enable him or her to buy the amount of food, clothing and shelter that are deemed necessary to meet his or her basic needs, that is, some ‘subsistence’ standard of living. Countries have different definitions of what minimum income constitutes poverty and often measure poverty levels as a proportion of average income. High proportions of the populations of DEVELOPING COUNTRIES experience poverty. Governments attempt to combat poverty by encouraging faster ECONOMIC GROWTH and by the redistribution of income. See REDISTRIBUTION-OFINCOME PRINCIPLE OF TAXATION, ABILITY-TO-PAY PRINCIPLE OF TAXATION, PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.
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it is not fit for such as we to sit with the rulers of the land,'' said the Jew; whose ambition for precedence though it had led him to dispute Place with the extenuated and impoverished descendant of the line of Montdidier, by no means stimulated him to an intrusion upon the privileges of the wealthy Saxons.
He had been a classmate of Bowen Tyler at college, and a fraternity brother, and before, that he had been an impoverished and improvident cow-puncher on one of the great Tyler ranches.
Lonely, aged, deprived of my family, an impoverished, an embarrassed man.
I HAVE just written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to say how appalled I am that in recent years the Department of Health has promoted to impoverished countries a financing mechanism that has burdened the NHS with debt and is threatening the provision of good quality, affordable health care in those countries.
The minuscule population of wealthy Hindus in Pakistan remains unbothered about their impoverished bretheren, using their adequate resources and political connections to sustain themselves in the country where minorities are discriminated to a large extent.
KUWAIT, May 18 (KUNA) -- A Kuwaiti charity launched on Thursday a number of mosques and Islamic centers in the impoverished Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said more than 570 suspected cases of cholera have been treated in Yemen during the past three weeks, some seven months after the outbreak of the infectious disease was declared in the conflict-plagued impoverished Arab country.
Simon road in Ouzai, an impoverished coastal strip located just north of the Beirut airport, with burning tires to protest the dumping of industrial residue into the sea.
Khartoum, 26 May (SUNA)- The Minister for Social Security and Welfare, Mashayer Al Dawalab, has stressed that she welcomes any initiative from the civil society organizations that seek to fight poverty in eastern Sudan's most impoverished provinces in the state.
ICBC has recently launched a program to support the employment of impoverished college students, and hire 200 impoverished graduates through targeted recruitment.
UK will be pointlessly impoverished as Asia blossoms with abundant energy.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The number of impoverished people in Turkey has increased by 7.