Definition of welfare state noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    welfare state

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  1. 1 the welfare state [usually singular] a system by which the government provides a range of free services to people who need them, for example medical care, money for people without work, care for old people, etc.
  2. 2[countable] a country that has such a system
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