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WELFARE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does welfare mean? 

WELFARE (noun)
  The noun WELFARE has 3 senses:

1. governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
2. something that aids or promotes well-being
3. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

  Familiarity information: WELFARE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WELFARE (noun)


Sense 1welfare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

social welfare; welfare

Hypernyms ("welfare" is a kind of...):

financial aid (assistance given in the form of money)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "welfare"):

social insurance (government provision for unemployed or injured or aged; financed by contributions from employers and employees as well as by government revenue)

relief (aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped)

dole; pogey; pogy (money received from the state)


Sense 2welfare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that aids or promotes well-being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

benefit; welfare

Context example:

for the common good

Hypernyms ("welfare" is a kind of...):

good; goodness (that which is pleasing or valuable or useful)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "welfare"):

advantage; reward (benefit resulting from some event or action)

interest; sake (a reason for wanting something done)


Sense 3welfare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

well-being; upbeat; eudaimonia; eudaemonia; wellbeing; welfare

Context example:

the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles

Hypernyms ("welfare" is a kind of...):

prosperity; successfulness (the condition of prospering; having good fortune)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "welfare"):

fool's paradise (an illusory state of wellbeing)

health; wellness (a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease)


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