welfare: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (wel'fâr"), [key]
- the good fortune, health, happiness, prosperity, etc., of a person, group, or organization; well-being: to look after a child's welfare; the physical or moral welfare of society.
- financial or other assistance to an individual or family from a city, state, or national government: Thousands of jobless people in this city would starve if it weren't for welfare.
- (cap.)a governmental agency that provides funds and aid to people in need, esp. those unable to work.
- receiving financial aid from the government or from a private organization because of hardship and need.
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