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on welfare receiving public aid because of poverty, hardship, or need.
social welfare government services provided for citizens, esp. the underprivileged or disadvantaged. [3 definitions]
welfare state a social system in which the state assumes the responsibility for the welfare of its citizens in housing, medical care, employment, and the like.
welfare work the organized efforts of a community, agency, or organization to improve the living conditions and job opportunities of its needy citizens.