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social welfare

noun
1.
social services provided by a government for its citizens.
Origin of social welfare
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
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  • The struggle for social welfare prepares for us the highest and most ideal joy.

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  • Can political independence ever become subordinate to social welfare?

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  • Most problems of government, of business and social welfare, are technical.

  • From the standpoint of social welfare the answer is not so simple.

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    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • It is a matter of social welfare and the development of community spirit.

    The Challenge of the Country George Walter Fiske
  • The women I found were remarkably interested in social welfare.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
British Dictionary definitions for social welfare

social welfare

noun
1.
the various social services provided by a state for the benefit of its citizens
2.
(capitals) (in New Zealand) a government department concerned with pensions and benefits for the elderly, the sick, etc
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