relative poverty

(noun) A type of poverty that is determined by income distribution over a given population and is culturally defined according to societal norms (e.g., driving a used car when your neighbor just bought a new car).

Example: John drives a used car when Jane, his neighbor just bought a new car.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: relative poverties
  • Relative poverty is compared and contrasted with absolute poverty. Relative poverty is a subjective assessment and absolute poverty is an objective measurement.
  • A type of poverty.
  • Also called secondary poverty.

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