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  1. welfare state

    • IPA[ˈwelfer ˌstāt]

    美式

    • n.
      a system whereby the government undertakes to protect the health and well-being of its citizens, especially those in financial or social need, by means of grants, pensions, and other benefits. The foundations for the modern welfare state in the US were laid by the New Deal programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.;a country practicing a welfare state system.
    • noun: welfare state, plural noun: welfare states