(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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- 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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