Absolute povertyAbsolute poverty
is a level of poverty
at which certain minimum standards -- for example for nutrition
-- cannot be met. The term "Absolute poverty" is perhaps slightly misleading, since there is no "absolute" standard that defines absolute poverty: the level of income
necessary for these minimum standards is often referred to as the poverty line
, which various institutions and individuals define differently.
Absolute poverty can be contrasted with relative poverty which is a poor standard of living relative to the rest of society.