Matthew principle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Named from St Matthew, with reference to Matthew 25:29: ‘For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.’ (KJV)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmæθjuː ˌprɪnsɪpəl/

Noun[edit]

Matthew principle (uncountable)

  1. The notion that more will be given to those that already have.
    • 2002, Will Europe Work?, ed. Martin Kohll & Mojca Novak, Routledge 2002, p.64:
      By including all citizens within the same insurance programs and by providing the economically active with clearly earnings-related benefits, the redistributive strategy of the encompassing model can be said to follow the Matthew principle of giving more to those who already have much.