- noungovernmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need-
she lives on welfare
* * *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.
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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