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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.


Synonymsbenefit


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


Antonymsill-being









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