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Noun: welfare  'wel,fehr
  1. Governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
    "she lives on welfare";
    - social welfare, public assistance
  2. Something that aids or promotes well-being
    "for the welfare of all";
    - benefit
  3. A contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
    "the town was finally on the welfare after our recent troubles";
    - wellbeing, well-being, upbeat, eudaemonia, eudaimonia

Derived forms: welfares

Type of: aid, assistance, economic aid, economic assistance, financial aid, financial assistance, good, goodness, prosperity, successfulness

Antonym: ill-being

Encyclopedia: Welfare, Texas