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social security

(usually initial capital letters) a program of old-age, unemployment, health, disability, and survivors insurance maintained by the U.S. federal government through compulsory payments by specific employer and employee groups.
the theory or practice of providing economic security and social welfare for the individual through government programs maintained by moneys from public taxation.
Origin of social security
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It's not the taxes, but the social security contributions.
  • Don't forget to include social security in your calculations.
  • Now her social security pays for her car insurance and other expenses, and she contributes a bit for food and rent at my place.
  • It is a necessity for our economic and social security.
  • The government's aim is to cut spending on social security, and so to free up money for health and education.
  • He has made some changes to pensions and social security, but in general his reform efforts have been too little, too late.
  • And it is one thing to build a new road, but quite another to put in place complex new systems providing social security.
  • Relief is to be directed to the church budget and not to the insufficiencies of the social security check or pension.
British Dictionary definitions for social security

social security

public provision for the economic, and sometimes social, welfare of the aged, unemployed, etc, esp through pensions and other monetary assistance
(often capitals) a government programme designed to provide such assistance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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