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1welfare

noun wel·fare \ˈwel-ˌfer\

: a government program for poor or unemployed people that helps pay for their food, housing, medical costs, etc.

: the state of being happy, healthy, or successful

Full Definition of WELFARE

1
:  the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity <must look out for your own welfare>
2
a :  aid in the form of money or necessities for those in need
b :  an agency or program through which such aid is distributed
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Examples of WELFARE

  1. He wants to do away with welfare.
  2. I have your welfare at heart.
  3. The welfare of all the orphans was at stake.
  4. She donates to organizations concerned about animal welfare.

Origin of WELFARE

Middle English, from the phrase wel faren to fare well
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

2welfare

adjective

Definition of WELFARE

1
:  of, relating to, or concerned with welfare and especially with improvement of the welfare of disadvantaged social groups <welfare legislation>
2
:  receiving public welfare benefits <welfare families>

First Known Use of WELFARE

1903

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture
WELFARE Defined for Kids

welfare

noun wel·fare \ˈwel-ˌfer\

Definition of WELFARE for Kids

1
:  the state of being or doing well especially in relation to happiness, well-being, or success
2
:  aid in the form of money or necessities for people in need
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