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English definition of “welfare state”

welfare state

noun [C usually singular]    
a system that allows the government of a country to provide social services such as healthcare , unemployment benefit , etc. to people who need them, paid for by taxes Social security and state benefitsTaxation
(Definition of welfare state noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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