an investigation into the financial position of a person applying for aid from public funds.
means-testPronunciation: (mēnz'test"), [key]
to subject (a person or a specific benefit) to a means test: Government proposes to means-test Medicare.
to perform a means test: fair and responsible means-testing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.