welfare state

noun

Definition of welfare state

  1. 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. 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

1894

First Known Use of welfare state

1894


WELFARE STATE Defined for English Language Learners

welfare state

noun

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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