poor law

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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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These gay natures contrast with the somewhat stern countenance of ordinary nature: they are like music heard out of a work-house.
Poyser burst in with the desperate determination to have her say out this once, though it were to rain notices to quit and the only shelter were the work-house.
The title is then followed by a list of institutions including: "Prisons, Poor-Houses, Lazarettos, Houses of Industry, Manufactories, Hospitals, Work-Houses, Mad-Houses, and Schools.