welfare state

wel·fare state
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel-fair steyt]
    • /ˈwɛlˌfɛər steɪt/
    • /ˈwel.feər steɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel-fair steyt]
    • /ˈwɛlˌfɛər steɪt/

Definitions of welfare state words

  • noun welfare state 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. 1
  • singular noun welfare state In Britain and some other countries, the welfare state is a system in which the government provides free social services such as health and education and gives money to people when they are unable to work, for example because they are old, unemployed, or sick. 0
  • noun welfare state 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 0
  • noun welfare state a social system characterized by such policies 0
  • noun welfare state a state in which the welfare of its citizens, with regard to employment, medical care, social security, etc., is considered to be the responsibility of the government 0
  • noun welfare state A social system in which the state takes overall responsibility for the welfare of its citizens, providing health care, education, unemployment compensation and social security. 0

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Origin of welfare state

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
First recorded in 1940-45

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Parts of speech for Welfare state


welfare state popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 69% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

welfare state usage trend in Literature

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