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English noun: welfare

1. welfare (act) governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need

SamplesShe lives on welfare.

Synonymspublic assistance, social welfare

Broader (hypernym)aid, economic aid, financial aid

Narrower (hyponym)dole, pogey, pogy, relief, social insurance

2. welfare (attribute) something that aids or promotes well-being

SamplesFor the benefit of all.


Broader (hypernym)good, goodness

Narrower (hyponym)advantage, interest, reward, sake

3. welfare (state) a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

SamplesThe town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles.

Synonymseudaemonia, eudaimonia, upbeat, well-being, wellbeing

Broader (hypernym)prosperity, successfulness

Narrower (hyponym)fool's paradise, health, wellness


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