welfare - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    the health and happiness of people

    We intend to make child welfare one of our priorities.

    welfare of:

    Police are concerned for the welfare of the child’s mother.

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  2. 2
    care provided by the state or another organization for people in need

    the welfare system

    1. a.
      mainly American money given to people who do not have work or who are in need. The usual British word is benefit.