an investigation of a person's financial resources, made to determine whether that person is eligible for welfare payments, low-cost housing, etc.
to subject to a means test
An investigation into the financial well-being of a person to determine the person's eligibility for financial assistance.
verbmeans-test·ed, means-test·ing, means-tests
- To apply a means test to or require a means test for (a governmental program, for example).
- To subject to a means test: The board means-tests all applicants for rent control.
(plural means tests)
(third-person singular simple present means tests, present participle means testing, simple past and past participle means tested)
- To subject a person to a means test, or to require a means test in order to receive a benefit