public charge


public charge
A general term for a person who is in economic distress and who must be cared for at public expense.
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

public charge
n.
   a general term for an indigent, sick or severely handicapped person who must be taken care of at public expense.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • public charge — a person who is in economic distress and is supported at government expense: He assured the American consul that the prospective immigrant would not become a public charge. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • public charge — A person who cannot support himself, has no means of support, has no one to furnish him support, and accordingly must look to a public body or public welfare agency for his maintenance and care. Ex paste Fragoso (DC Cal) 11 F2d 988 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • charge|a|ble — «CHAHR juh buhl», adjective. 1. capable of being charged: »The salesman s travel expenses are chargeable to the company. 2. liable to be charged: »If a person steals he is chargeable with theft. 3. liable to become a public charge: »employment of …   Useful english dictionary

  • public transport — ► NOUN ▪ buses, trains, and other forms of transport that are available to the public, charge set fares, and run on fixed routes …   English terms dictionary

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  • charge — Synonyms and related words: accountability, accounting for, accounts payable, accounts receivable, accredit, accusal, accusation, accuse, accusing, achievement, action, activate, adjure, administration, admission, admission fee, admonish,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • public — The whole body politic, or the aggregate of the citizens of a state, nation, or municipality. The inhabitants of a state, county, or community. In one sense, everybody, and accordingly the body of the people at large; the community at large,… …   Black's law dictionary


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