welfare state


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

supporters of the welfare state
Recent Examples on the Web Until then, expanding the welfare state doesn’t make the bucket leakier. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2021 True paleo-liberal governors like Pat Brown greatly expanded the welfare state. Victor Davis Hanson, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 The Obama administration pushed policies that expanded the welfare state to the detriment of economic growth, and the trade-off was a long and tepid recovery. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2021 One leg was economic and libertarian, appealing to business-minded voters with a platform of tax cuts, deregulation, and gutting the welfare state. Corey Robin, The New York Review of Books, 21 Oct. 2020 The Social Democrats, who helped build Sweden’s robust welfare state, favor strengthening the system. Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2021 That is the club known as the European welfare state. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 16 June 2021 The welfare state, promising personal security, has replaced the obsession with national security in the minds of millions. WSJ, 22 June 2021 But Democrats under Biden are seeking permanent expansions of the American welfare state through their wish list spending packages. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of welfare state

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Sep 2021

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“Welfare state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welfare%20state. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of welfare state

: 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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