welfare

Your welfare is your happiness and well being. Parents are usually in charge of their children's welfare, making sure they're healthy, happy and well fed.

Welfare is a state of content or prosperous existence. So if something bad happens, your welfare is threatened. Welfare can also refer to a government system designed to give money, food, and resources to the poor. Welfare systems have been around since ancient Roman times, but the U.S. welfare program didn't start until the 1930's, during the Great Depression.

Definitions of welfare
  1. noun
    something that aids or promotes well-being
    synonyms: benefit
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    types:
    advantage, reward
    benefit resulting from some event or action
    interest, sake
    a reason for wanting something done
    behalf
    for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive)
    type of:
    good, goodness
    that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
  2. noun
    a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
    synonyms: eudaemonia, eudaimonia, upbeat, well-being, wellbeing
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    ill-being
    lack of prosperity or happiness or health
    types:
    fool's paradise
    an illusory state of wellbeing
    health, wellness
    a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
    type of:
    prosperity, successfulness
    the condition of prospering; having good fortune
  3. noun
    governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
    “she lives on welfare
    synonyms: public assistance, social welfare
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    social insurance
    government provision for unemployed, injured, or aged people; financed by contributions from employers and employees as well as by government revenue
    relief
    aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped
    dole, pogey, pogy
    money received from the state
    national insurance
    social insurance program in Britain; based on contributions from employers and employees; provides payments to unemployed and sick and retired people as well as medical services
    national assistance, social assistance, supplementary benefit
    benefits paid to bring incomes up to minimum levels established by law
    Social Security
    social welfare program in the U.S.; includes old-age and survivors insurance and some unemployment insurance and old-age assistance
    unemployment, unemployment compensation
    payment by a United States agency to unemployed people
    disability insurance
    social insurance for the disabled
    health care
    social insurance for the ill and injured
    type of:
    aid, economic aid, financial aid
    money to support a worthy person or cause
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