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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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  • Conversation of this kind and inquiries of Stephen for his mother's wellbeing occupied them for the remainder of the journey.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Yea, we must look to their wellbeing, however distasteful to them it may be.

  • Then came the reflection, how little at any time could a father do for the wellbeing of his children!

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • I was not fit to have children, if I sacrificed their wellbeing to his caprice and his whim, but that was what I did.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
  • Nothing is more sacred, or can be more sacred, than the wellbeing of man.

British Dictionary definitions for wellbeing


the condition of being contented, healthy, or successful; welfare
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wellbeing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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