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welfare

 
Noun welfare has 3 senses
  1. social welfare, welfare - governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
    --1 is a kind of financial aid
    --1 has particulars: social insurance; relief; dole, pogy, pogey
  2. benefit, welfare - something that aids or promotes well-being; "for the common good"
    --2 is a kind of good, goodness
    --2 has particulars: advantage, reward; sake, interest
  3. wellbeing, well-being, welfare, upbeat, eudaemonia, eudaimonia - a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous; "the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles"
    --3 is a kind of prosperity, successfulness
    --3 has particulars: fool's paradise; health, wellness
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