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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A US Army discharge based on military assessment of psychological unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable.
  • noun Slang A soldier given such a discharge or behaving as if deserving such a discharge.
  • noun A federally funded program in the United States that subsidizes the rent of low-income tenants.

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  • noun a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
  • noun a soldier who received a Section Eight discharge as unfit for military service

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Section VIII, of World War II US Army Regulation 615–360, which provided for the discharge of those deemed unfit for military service.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Section VIII, of the United States Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, which authorized it.]

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