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English definition of “social security”

social security

noun [U]    
UK a system of payments made by the government to people who are ill , poor , or who have no job : He's on social security .Social security and state benefits Social Security US a system of payments made by the government to old people , people whose husbands or wives have died , and people who are unable to work because they are ill Social security and state benefits
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