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[wel-bee-ing] /ˈwɛlˈbi ɪŋ/
a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare:
to influence the well-being of the nation and its people.
Origin of well-being
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What such an audacious look of well-being, under august displeasure, could mean she could not understand.

    A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She saw the meanness underlying his pretended solicitation for her well-being.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • It is not sleep, still less is it waking; it is a middle state where naught prevails save a dreamy consciousness of well-being.

    The Life of the Spider J. Henri Fabre
  • She would die before she would imperil the well-being of her home.

  • Don't you leave them, but settle down near them, and do all in your power to minister to their comfort and well-being.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
Word Origin and History for well-being

1610s, from well (adv.) + gerundive of be.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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