The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need.
Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas.
Sociologists conceptualize poverty as absolute and relative; absolute poverty refers to the absence of essential food, housing, and resources; relative poverty refers to a relative lack of resources among some groups or individuals compared to others in a given society; it is possible to experience relative poverty without living in absolute poverty.
An indicator of the number and proportion of people with inadequate family incomes for needed consumption of food and other goods and services. Currently only has been updated for inflation.
A file provided for the teeth of the rats of reform. The number of plans for its abolition equals that of the reformers who suffer from it, plus that of the philosophers who know nothing about it. Its victims are distinguished by possession of all the virtues and by their faith in leaders seeking to conduct them into a prosperity where they believe these to be unknown.
A certain level of material deprivation below which an individual suffers physically, emotionally and socially. There are a number of methods of determining this level of deprivation.
A trap in which politicians invariably become entangled. The number of plans for its abolition equals that of the number of reformers who suffer from it plus the number of intellectuals who know nothing about it. (Victims are distinguished by their possession of all virtues and by a faith in leaders promising them prosperity.)