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poor law

n.
A law or system of laws providing for public relief and support of the poor.

poor law

n
(Historical Terms) English history a law providing for the relief or support of the poor from public, esp parish, funds

poor′ law`


n.
a law or system of laws providing for the relief or support of the poor at public expense.
[1745–55]
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Noun1.poor law - a law providing support for the poorpoor law - a law providing support for the poor
law - legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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This was when a slice of bread and dripping and a hot beverage would be enormously welcome to those Brummies in desperate poverty and with only the cruel and heartless Poor Law system of relief to the poor available as social security.
Historians of medicine have devoted considerable attention to the development of institutional medicine in institutions such as hospitals and asylums and explored the activities of those fortunate enough to secure more glamorous hospital posts than those available in the Poor Law system.
THE POOR LAW system touched the lives of almost everyone living in 18th- and 19th-century England, whether as ratepayers or recipients.
When, in 1832 Royal Commissioners were charged with inquiring into the workings of the poor law system, their report repeatedly concentrated attention on the "abuses" and "evils" perpetrated by those who turned to the poor law for help.
IN 1834 the old parochial poor law system, which was considered by Government as inefficient and costly, was swept away.