poverty line definition by Webster's New World
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the level of income below which a person or family is considered officially to be in poverty
also poverty level
poverty line - Business Definition
The minimum amount of income required for a person or family to meet basic needs. The level of a poverty line is subjective and subject to disagreement. For example, an institution's definition of the poverty line for individuals living in the United States may assume a higher standard for necessities compared to someone living in a developing country.