Definition of out relief in English:

out relief


mass nounBritish
  • Assistance given to very poor people not living in a workhouse.

    • ‘Although town records indicate that Bridgewater and Duxbury used out relief as the primary method of public assistance to the poor, each town also constructed or purchased a poor or workhouse after the 1750's.’
    • ‘Rural poorhouses were often only temporary, coexisting with traditional forms of out relief and rarely achieved permanent or continuous usage.’
    • ‘The records of the two towns, while providing basic information on the choice of supplementing out relief with a poorhouse, leave central questions unanswered.’