social welfare


Definition of social welfare

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The upshot: Politically, this could grab the attention of critics of social welfare programs. FOSTER CARE The problem: Some foster care centers haven’t properly vetted all employees via enhanced criminal background checks, including fingerprints. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "MN DHS announces 3 mistakes that will cost taxpayers $10 million. Here they are.," 18 Nov. 2019 Riding the wave of high commodity prices, Morales was able to spend large amounts of revenue on social welfare programs causing a dramatic fall in the poverty rate. Fox News, "Bolivia change of power polarizes Western hemisphere along 'tired, ideological lines'," 17 Nov. 2019 The progressives’ inclination to turn inward, cut defense spending and unfurl massive social welfare programs risks allowing external challenges to grow unchecked. Washington Post, "The Democrats Are Moving Left. Will America Follow?," 12 Nov. 2019 One of the largest grants, $1.6 million, was awarded to the Public Health Institute, a social welfare nonprofit in Alameda County. Dustin Gardiner,, "Disaster disparity: California spreads emergency training to diverse communities," 19 Oct. 2019 Despite only winning a handful more seats under Poland’s complex voting system, the party gained 2 million extra voters after a campaign that focused on vilifying the LGBT community and promising to expand its popular social welfare program., "Results in Hungary showed a clear win for the opposition in the mayor’s race in the capital Budapest and other victories over the ruling party in at least 10 of the country’s biggest 23 cities.," 15 Oct. 2019 No social welfare program or benefit in America happens automatically, including Medicaid. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Pete Buttigieg’s Health Care Plan Is the Worst Yet," 19 Sep. 2019 Some 90 million people have relocated from rural areas since 2012, encouraged by better job prospects and policies aimed at giving migrant workers social welfare that's more akin to urban dwellers., "The unlikely Chinese cities where house prices rival London," 10 Sep. 2019 Roadways become congested, waterways overfished and slices of electromagnetic spectrum crowded into uselessness, to the detriment of total social welfare. The Economist, "The alternatives to privatisation and nationalisation," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of social welfare

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social welfare was in 1912

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27 Nov 2019

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“Social welfare.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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social welfare

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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