- 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
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ˈwel•fare ˌstate, n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
Governmenta state or nation in which the welfare of the people in such matters as health, education, housing, and employment is the responsibility of the government.
Governmenta 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.
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welfare state n
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