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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.
Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005
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The negative thought disorders of poverty of thought and poverty of content were highly predictive of later BPRS scores, and of the long-term outcomes of employment and hospitalization.
That the pre-existing two secondary school cover 18 hectares, only illustrates the poverty of thought that has gone into the planning.
* It would seem to be evidence of a poverty of thought when one of our bishops resorts to name-calling and false labeling in an attempt to silence members of his flock (NCR, Dec.

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