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A form of welfare in which capable adults are required to perform work, often in public-service jobs, as a condition of receiving aid.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a scheme under which the government of a country requires unemployed people to do community work or undergo job training in return for social-security payments
[C20: from work + (wel)fare]
a government plan under which employable welfare recipients are required to accept public-service jobs or participate in job training.