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benefit society

noun
1.
an association of persons to create a fund, either by dues or assessments, for the assistance of members and their families in case of sickness, death, etc.
Also called benefit association.
Origin of benefit society
1835-1845
1835-45
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  • Example is the means given universally to all whereby to benefit society.

  • Their association was more of a social and benefit society than a trade union.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • The firm established perhaps the first benefit society of workmen.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • With that it rests whether the machine will benefit society, or destroy it.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • Thus the application of biological principles will benefit society.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • She joined a benefit society, to which she paid 50 cents a month.

    Making Both Ends Meet Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • But if they must have the benefit society, with its contingent and distant benefits, working men should not rest here.

  • We all, if we are honest, want to benefit society by correcting evils.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • To cover loss of wages during sickness, they pay into a benefit society.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
British Dictionary definitions for benefit society

benefit society

noun
1.
a US term for friendly society
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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