- /beɪsɪk ˈweɪdʒ / (say baysik 'wayj)
1. the minimum wage payable to an adult employee under an award or agreement.
2. the specific amount of this wage.
3. (formerly) the wage payable to an unskilled adult male worker regardless of what work he was doing, calculated to meet the essential needs of a family of five. The concept remained an identifiable component in federal award wages from 1907 to the mid-1960s, when it was replaced by a minimum wage concept.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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