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 groups were set up as nonprofits that, ostensibly, were to aid social welfare causes. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Statehouse bribery scandal now in Cleveland, FirstEnergy’s dark money used to attack CPP," 24 Dec. 2020 At Health and Human Services, Becerra would oversee vast social welfare programs that are essential to Democrats. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Liberals start to get a seat at Biden’s table," 9 Dec. 2020 Bernstein completed his PhD in social welfare at Columbia University. Karen Ho, Quartz, "Biden economic nominees highlight experience and diversity," 30 Nov. 2020 The drop in property taxes as a result of the initiative decimated a major revenue source for public schools and social welfare programs, leaving many underfunded. Angela Hart,, "Prop. 15 draws support from California health care groups eyeing new revenue," 25 Oct. 2020 That's in addition to the 246 students that visited the pantry earlier this semester, according to Julia Gutman, a senior studying social welfare who also serves as the pantry's distribution director. Kelly Meyerhofer, Star Tribune, "Pandemic sends Madison college students to food pantries," 28 Nov. 2020 Critics argue that wealth, power and influence, however, remained overwhelmingly concentrated in a small, insulated elite, and that the constitution sanctified private property but offered insufficient support for social welfare. John Bartlett, Washington Post, "Chile braces for constitutional referendum in the wake of violent clashes," 20 Oct. 2020 For many in Bend, David Savory’s death gave a face to a problem city officials and social welfare advocates have wrestled with for years — how to serve and protect the homeless when winter arrives. Kyle Spurr, oregonlive, "Homeless man who died on frigid Bend streets had earlier lost both legs to frostbite," 14 Nov. 2020 Can 2020 is a social welfare group consisting of a coalition of organizations, including the ACLU of New Jersey, the Latino Action Network, Drug Police Action and the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association among others. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Airport testing, legislative outbreak, voter intimidation: News from around our 50 states," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of social welfare

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Social welfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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