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social service

organized welfare efforts carried on under professional auspices by trained personnel.
Origin of social service
First recorded in 1850-55
Related forms
social-service, adjective Unabridged
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  • It leaves all the social services to the whim of the individual lord or baron.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • And the professor was still insistent about who performed the social services.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • The evils attendant upon subsidizing any form of sectarian institution, whatever its social services, are too great to be ignored.

    Exempting the Churches James F. Morton. Jr.
  • The wire to the Opera is a still more curious example of the social services the new power is destined to perform.

British Dictionary definitions for social services

social services

plural noun
welfare activities organized by the state or a local authority and carried out by trained personnel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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