welfare state

welfare state

noun
a state in which the welfare of the people in such matters as social security, health and education, housing, and working conditions is the responsibility of the government.

Origin:
1940–45

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welfare state
 
n
1.  a system in which the government undertakes the chief responsibility for providing for the social and economic security of its population, usually through unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, and other social-security measures
2.  a social system characterized by such policies

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welfare state definition


A state or government that promotes public welfare through programs of public health, pensions, unemployment compensation, public housing, and the like. The expression welfare state is often used by those hostile to government intervention in these areas.

welfare state definition


An economic system that combines features of capitalism and socialism by retaining private ownership while the government enacts broad programs of social welfare, such as pensions and public housing.

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