welfare state

noun
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of welfare state

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

Examples of welfare state in a Sentence

  1. supporters of the welfare state

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First Known Use of welfare state

1894

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of welfare state for English Language Learners

  • : a social system in which a government is responsible for the economic and social welfare of its citizens and has policies to provide free health care, money for people without jobs, etc.; also : a country that has such a system


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