Meaning of “welfare state” in the English Dictionary

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"welfare state" in American English

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welfare statenoun [ C ]

us /ˈwel·feər ˌsteɪt/

a political system in which the government pays for health care and other social benefits for its citizens, or a nation that operates under this system

(Definition of “welfare state” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"welfare state" in Business English

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welfare statenoun [ S ]

uk us GOVERNMENT, TAX

a system by which a government provides social services such as health care, money, etc. to people who need them:

The ANC established Africa's largest welfare state through the provision of old-age pensions.

(Definition of “welfare state” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)