social welfare

noun

Definition of social welfare

: organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups specifically : social work

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States rely on raw population data, rather than eligible voters, to draw House districts and to determine access to federal social welfare programs. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute," 17 July 2019 As part of Denmark, Greenlanders have access to one of the most extensive social welfare systems in Europe, including universal, nationalized medical care and free state education, including college. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Trump Reportedly Wants To Buy Greenland. Greenland Says: No, Thank You," 16 Aug. 2019 Before joining the Army, Mr. Rodriguez obtained his master’s in social welfare at the State University of New York at Albany. Andrea Salcedo, New York Times, "‘Oh, Forgive Us!’: Heartbreak at Wake for Twins Who Died in Hot Car," 2 Aug. 2019 Showing tremendous generosity to the Roman people, particularly in areas of social welfare, Trajan increased the amount of grain handed out to poor citizens and doled out cash gifts as well. Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic, "This warrior was the best of ancient Rome’s ‘Five Good Emperors’," 24 June 2019 Federal rules permit groups structured as tax-exempt social welfare organizations to shield the identities of their benefactors. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Pro-Kavanaugh group received millions from anonymous donors," 27 Nov. 2018 This special report will look in detail at how the states are approaching business, taxation, public education, social welfare, the environment, and policies toward immigrants. The Economist, "California and Texas have different visions for America’s future," 22 June 2019 In reality, most of what modern liberal governments spend their money on is social welfare, the public provision of non-public goods such as food and education, both of which can be (and historically have been) provided on an ordinary market basis. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again," 20 June 2019 When Richard Nixon took office in the late 1960s, the US government was again spending heavily, due to the Vietnam War and the social welfare programs launched by his predecessor, Lyndon Johnson. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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social welfare

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social wel·​fare | \ -ˈwel-ˌfa(ə)r, -ˌfe(ə)r How to pronounce social welfare (audio) \

Medical Definition of social welfare

: organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups specifically : social work

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