public assistance

governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need

she lives on welfare

Syn: ↑social welfare, ↑welfare
Hypernyms: ↑aid, ↑economic aid, ↑financial aid
Hyponyms: ↑social insurance, ↑relief, ↑dole, ↑pogy, ↑pogey

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noun [noncount]
US : money that the government gives to people who are poor, old, or disabled

Our family had to go on public assistance [=receive money from the government] when my parents lost their jobs.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • public assistance — public assistance, adj. government aid to the poor, disabled, or aged or to dependent children, as financial assistance or food stamps. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • public assistance — n. financial aid given by the government to persons who are poor, unemployed, etc …   English World dictionary

  • public assistance — Synonyms and related words: ADC, Medicaid, Medicare, aid, alimony, allotment, allowance, annuity, assistance, bounty, cradle to grave security, depletion allowance, dole, fellowship, financial assistance, grant, grant in aid, guaranteed annual… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Public Assistance —    Religious institutions provided the bulk of assistance for the needy in early Brussels in distributing bread and, much less frequently, small sums of money. A number of foundations were established, notably the foundation of Saint Eloy, by… …   Historical Dictionary of Brussels

  • public assistance — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Assistance, especially money, food, and other necessities, given to the needy or dispossessed: aid, dole, handout, relief, welfare. See HELP …   English dictionary for students

  • public assistance —    money paid regularly by the state to the needy    Not just helping an old lady to cross the road.    See also assistance …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • public assistance — noun Date: 1884 government aid to needy, aged, or disabled persons and to dependent children …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • public assistance — pub′lic assis′tance n. gov government aid to the poor, disabled, blind, or aged, or to dependent children • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • public — public, ique [ pyblik ] adj. et n. m. • 1239; lat. publicus I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui concerne le peuple pris dans son ensemble; qui appartient à la collectivité sociale, politique et en émane; qui appartient à l État ou à une personne administrative. La… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Public Housing —    Low income housing assistance was first provided by private charities. Groups such as the Société anonyme des habitations ouvrières and the Société anonyme de l Immobilière bruxelloise were extended credit by the city s public assistance… …   Historical Dictionary of Brussels

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