welfare state


: a social system based on the assumption by a political state of primary responsibility for the individual and social welfare of its citizens
: a nation or state characterized by the operation of the welfare state system

Examples of welfare state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, as immigration became more central to British politics, politicians studiously avoided all allusions to colonialism, and instead fueled the myth that immigrants were coming to steal British jobs and feed off the welfare state. Balaji Ravichandran, Washington Post, 12 June 2024 On one hand, farmers are wards of the welfare state, dependent on national governments and the European Union for the generous subsidies and suite of protectionist trade policies that keep them in business. Jan Dutkiewicz, Vox, 2 May 2024 The effects of the expansion of the welfare state on the Black community should be taught as part of critical race theory. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 29 Feb. 2024 The issue of immigrants and welfare is not fundamentally about immigration, but about the welfare state. Agustina Vergara Cid, Orange County Register, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for welfare state 

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of welfare state was in 1894

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“Welfare state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welfare%20state. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

welfare state

: a social system in which the government takes on much of the responsibility for the individual and group welfare of its people

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