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

  • adj. Of or relating to individuals or households supported by an income that is below average.


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  • The situation: More than 600,000 Torontonians are classified as low-income. - Home Page

  • In 2009, India moved from what the World Bank classifies as a low-income country to a middle-income country.

    NYT > Home Page

  • We had managed to pass a bill creating a new public housing program for low-income families, but when I saw the Appropriations Committee report, a line read, This committee expects only modest amounts of housing to be built.

    The Good Fight

  • While I was in the Senate, we had passed something like it, a tax credit aimed at low-income working families.

    The Good Fight

  • Yes, the losses in reading achievement are staggering, particularly among low-income students, but equally alarming are the statistics about how much all kids - regardless of income -- stand to lose in math achievement when they don't practice those skills over the summer.

    Ron Fairchild: Got Math?

  • Recently, in the New York Times and Education Week, education historian Diane Ravitch criticized the performance of several schools that President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praised for improving achievement and attainment among low-income students.

    Tim King: Educating Beyond Poverty

  • While infectious diseases remain a significant problem, low-income nations face many other serious health challenges.

    Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.: Renewing Our Commitment To The Right Kinds Of Biomedical Research

  • Rather than seeing biomedical innovation as something that flows from developed nations to low-income nations, we need to start viewing innovation as a two-way street from which the entire world stands to benefit.

    Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.: Renewing Our Commitment To The Right Kinds Of Biomedical Research

  • And for the low-income workers who do the back-breaking work of harvesting our food, we actually can assume that many of them will be exposed to dangerous chemicals every working day.

    Michael Brune: Rachel's Kids

  • It turns out that the self-esteem boost is strongest for young people from low-income backgrounds, while young people from middle class backgrounds show a milder positive effect, and young people from higher income backgrounds don't demonstrate these effects at all.

    Youth Radio -- Youth Media International: Debt Boosts Self Esteem In Young People


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