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pover·ty line

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poverty line, poverty levelnoun

    a level of personal income defining the state of poverty


  1. poverty linenoun

    The threshold of poverty, below which one's income does not cover necessities.


  1. poverty line

    The poverty threshold, poverty limit, poverty line, or breadline is the minimum level of income deemed adequate in a particular country. The poverty line is usually calculated by estimating the total cost of one year's worth of necessities for the average adult. The cost of housing, such as the rent for an apartment, usually makes up the largest proportion of this estimate, so economists track the real estate market and other housing cost indicators as a major influence on the poverty line. Individual factors are often used to account for various circumstances, such as whether one is a parent, elderly, a child, married, etc. The poverty threshold may be adjusted annually. In practice, like the definition of poverty, the official or common understanding of the poverty line is significantly higher in developed countries than in developing countries.In October 2015, the World Bank updated the International Poverty Line (IPL), a global absolute minimum, to $1.90 per day (in PPP), where it currently stands (as of 2022), and also as of 2022, $3.20 per day in PPP for lower-middle income countries, and $5.50 per day in PPP for upper-middle income countries. Per the $1.90/day standard, the percentage of the global population living in absolute poverty fell from over 80% in 1800 to 10% by 2015, according to United Nations estimates, which found roughly 734 million people remained in absolute poverty.


  1. poverty line

    The poverty line, also known as the poverty threshold, is the minimum level of income deemed adequate in a particular country or region. It is used to measure the number of people living in poverty, meaning those who lack the resources or income to meet their basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing. The poverty line varies between different countries and regions due to differences in cost of living, income distribution, and standards of living.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poverty line in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poverty line in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of poverty line in a Sentence

  1. Sergey Pravov:

    They are tired of living below the poverty line while people they pay to rule wisely are swimming in gold.

  2. Michael Woodman:

    Vulnerability of refugees is increasing with 70% now living below the poverty line.

  3. Nuria Martinez-Alier:

    We are seeing a reduced vaccine uptake, for example with measles; reduced population immunity, for example with whooping cough; increased poverty and more people on the poverty line.

  4. Shai Akabas:

    It's entirely appropriate to focus on parts of the population where current benefits are inadequate, people with low incomes can work a long career and still be getting benefits below the poverty line, or not very much above it. We need to make sure seniors who have worked for many years are not forced to live in poverty in retirement.

  5. Bar Marco:

    You cannot tell me that your business model relies on paying people below the poverty line, you gotta have more pride in your business than that.

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