Hypertext Webster Gateway: "welfare"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Welfare \Wel"fare`\, n. [Well + fare to go, to proceed, to
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.

How to study for the people's welfare. --Shak.

In whose deep eyes Men read the welfare of the times to
come. --Emerson.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : of or relating to a welfare state [syn: {welfarist}, {welfare(a)},
n 1: governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in
need [syn: {social welfare}]
2: something that aids or promotes well-being: "for the common
good" [syn: {benefit}]
3: a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous;
"the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent
troubles" [syn: {wellbeing}, {well-being}, {upbeat}, {eudaemonia},
{eudaimonia}] [ant: {ill-being}]

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