Welfare


Welfare

Welfare may refer to:

* Well-being, quality of lifestyle
** Animal welfare, the quality of life of animals, and concerns thereabout
* "Welfare", a film directed by Frederick Wiseman

In economics:

* Social welfare provision, government programs that seek to provide a minimum level of income, service or other support for disadvantaged peoples
* Welfare (financial aid), financial assistance paid by taxpayers to people who are unable to support themselves, "cf." Workfare, an alternative model requiring recipients to participate in work-rehabilitation programs,
** Corporate welfare, a pejorative describing a government's bestowal of money grants, tax breaks, or other special favorable treatment on corporations
* Welfare state, in which the state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens beyond a minimum level
* Welfare economics, determines allocative efficiency and the income distribution within an economy; see also, Social welfare function
*Social security, social welfare service concerned with social protection

ee also

*Administration of federal assistance in the United States
*Affordable housing
*Canada Pension Plan
*Corporate welfare
*Disability pension
*Folkhemmet
*Government spending
*Guaranteed minimum income
*Income Support
*National Health Service
*Pauper's oath
*Social insurance
*Social safety net
*Social security
*Social work, a profession intrinsically involved in the provision of welfare
*Subsidized housing
*Welfare state


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  • welfare — I noun advantage, affluence, benefit, commodis consulere, fortune, good, haleness, happiness, health, hominis, interest, luck, prosperity, prosperousness, soundness, success, weal, well being associated concepts: public welfare II index …   Law dictionary

  • welfare — /ˈwɛlfer, ingl. ˈwɛlˌfɛə(r)/ [vc. ingl., accorc. di welfare state, propr. «stato (state) del benessere (welfare)»] s. m. inv. (econ.) stato sociale FRASEOLOGIA Ministero per il Welfare (giorn.), Ministero per il Lavoro e le politiche sociali …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Welfare — Wel fare , n. [Well + fare to go, to proceed, to happen.] Well doing or well being in any respect; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; exemption from any evil or calamity; prosperity; happiness. [1913 Webster] How to study… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • welfare — [wel′fer΄] n. [ME < wel faren, to fare well: see WELL2 & FARE] 1. the state of being or doing well; condition of health, happiness, and comfort; well being; prosperity 2. a) the organized efforts of government agencies that grant aid to the… …   English World dictionary

  • welfare — [wɛlfɛʀ] n. m. ÉTYM. 1972, in l Express; mot anglais. ❖ ♦ Aux États Unis, Politique d action sociale; administration qui en est chargée. || « Le fonctionnement des grandes bureaucraties fédérales, notamment le welfare » (le Nouvel Obs., 1er janv …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • welfare — O.E. wel faran condition of being or doing well, from wel (see WELL (Cf. well) (adv.)) + faran get along (see FARE (Cf. fare) (v.)). Cf. O.N. velferð. Meaning social concern for the well being of children, the unemployed, etc. is first attested… …   Etymology dictionary

  • welfare — / well being [n] health and prosperity abundance, advantage, benefit, contentment, ease, easy street*, euphoria, felicity, good, good fortune, happiness, interest, luck, profit, progress, satisfaction, success, thriving; concepts 316,693,706 …   New thesaurus

  • welfare — ► NOUN 1) the health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group. 2) action or procedure designed to promote the basic physical and material well being of people in need. 3) chiefly N. Amer. financial support given for this purpose. ORIGIN from …   English terms dictionary


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