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1. (Social Welfare) the various social services provided by a state for the benefit of its citizens
2. (Social Welfare) (capitals) (in New Zealand) a government department concerned with pensions and benefits for the elderly, the sick, etc
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social services provided by a government for its citizens.
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|Noun||1.||social welfare - governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need; "she lives on welfare"|
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; "he has been on relief for many years"
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