Welfare-state meaning

A social system whereby the state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens, as in matters of health care, education, employment, and social security.
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A nation in which such a system operates.
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A state in which the welfare of its citizens, with regard to employment, medical care, social security, etc., is considered to be the responsibility of the government.
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A social system in which the state takes overall responsibility for the welfare of its citizens, providing health care, education, unemployment compensation and social security.
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A state or nation in which such a system operates.
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