social welfare

noun

Definition of social welfare

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

First Known Use of social welfare

1912


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noun social wel·fare \ -ˈwel-ˌfa(ə)r, -ˌfe(ə)r \

medical Definition of social welfare

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

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