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English definition of “welfare state”

welfare state

noun [no plural] UK (US welfare state,   )  
a system in which the government looks after and pays for people who are sick , old , or who cannot get a job Social security and state benefitsTaxation
(Definition of welfare state noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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