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. Nature does not cocker us; we are children, not pets; she is not fond; everything is dealt to us without fear or favor, after severe universal laws.
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.