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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun welfare:


Welfare is included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun welfare

What does welfare mean as a name of something?

Welfare is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: welfares

  1. governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
  2. something that aids or promotes well-being
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of welfare: benefit
    • more generic words: good / goodness = that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
    • more specific words:
  3. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

Alternative definition of the noun welfare


  1. [uncountable] health, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect
  2. [uncountable] various forms of financial aid provided by the government to those who are in need of it


Welfare a.k.a. Welfare, Texas is an unincorporated farming and ranching community 4 miles southeast of Waring on the Waring-Welfare Road in west central Kendall County, in the U.S. state of Texas. The school was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in the year 2000.


  1. Welfare is a musical group.
  2. Welfare is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Guerilla Welfare, The Welfare $tarlets and Bestwood Welfare Black Diamonds Brass Band.


"Welfare" is a 1975 documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman.

  • country: United States of America
  • language: English Language
  • genres: Documentary film, Law & Crime, Culture & Society
  • subject: Social issues
  • released in (40 years ago)

Phrases with Welfare

Phrases starting with the word Welfare:

  1. welfare case
  2. welfare work
  3. Welfare Hotel
  4. Welfare queen
  5. welfare state
  6. welfare worker
  7. welfare-statist
  8. Welfare-to-Work
  9. Welfare Cadillac
  10. Welfare Parasite

Phrases ending with the word Welfare:

  1. Animal welfare
  2. social welfare
  3. secretary of health education and welfare
  4. department of health education and welfare

Other phrases containing the word Welfare:

  1. child welfare agency
  2. child welfare service

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Welfare

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Google previewConflict and Harmony in Comparative Philosophy (2015)

Selected Works from the 2013 Joint Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy and the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy by Aaron B. Creller

Economic welfare is an important interest because Confucians usually consider economic welfare important for kingly...

Google previewAnimal Welfare in Animal Agriculture (2011)

Husbandry, Stewardship, and Sustainability in Animal Production by Wilson G. Pond, Fuller W. Bazer, Bernard E. Rollin

Animal welfare is a term that describes a potentially measurable quality of a living animal at a particular time and hence is a...

Google previewDistributional Justice (2005)

Theory and Measurement by Hilde Bojer

Welfare is an emotional state, subjectively experienced by the person herself. More or less synonymous to welfare are the terms well-being, happiness, desire fulfilment, utility. Utility (from Latin 'utilis': useful) is the preferred term in economic ...

Google previewThe Great Reversal (2007)

Reconciling Evangelism and Social Concern by David Moberg

As we have seen, the relationship between evangelism and social welfare is a current issue among Christians of most, if not all, denominations. It temporarily subsided but did not become passe with the gradual decline of the ...

Google previewWelfare of Pigs from Birth to Slaughter (2008)

by Luigi Faucitano, Allan L. Schaefer

Welfare is a broad term, of which health and feelings are important parts. There has been rapid development in recent years in the scientific assessment of animal welfare. This information has been used in formulating laws about how animals ...

Google previewAnimal Bioethics (2005)

Principles and Teaching Methods by Michel Marie

Examples are: welfare is a state in which an animal feels good, or absence of pain and suffering, or the famous definition by Lorz which says that animal welfare is a state of physical and psychological harmony between the organism and its ...

Google previewWelfare Theory and Social Policy (1973)

A Study in Policy Science by Jeja-Pekka Roos

The only problem we confront with regard to collective welfare is the means of aggregation.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America (2005)

by John M. Herrick, Paul H. Stuart

War and Social Welfare (Canada) War and Social Welfare (United States) Welfare Ministries in the Twentieth Century ( Mexico) ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare (2013)

by Marc Bekoff, Carron A. Meaney

This is a representative list1 of organizations that provide humane education materials directly pertaining to animals or that have information materials related to animal welfare available, either for the asking or for a fee. Space does not allow a ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Health, Nutrition and Family Welfare (2000)

Welfare. in. Developing. Countries. The most important aspect of the progress now being achieved for children in the developing world is the gradual ascendancy that is being gained over the major diseases of childhood. The most devastating ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Human rights : new dimensions in Dalit problems (2002)

Welfare. Policy. and. Institutional. Structure. This chapter deals with the mechanism of policy formulation, policy evolution and policy strategies - (Special Component Plan, Special Centre Assistance and Scheduled Castes /Scheduled Tribes ...

Google previewDictionary Of Social Work: The Definitive A To Z Of Social Work And Social Care (2010)

The Definitive A to Z of Social Work and Social Care by Thomas, Martin, Pierson, John

welfare checklist the seven points that courts must bear in mind when considering making an order under the Children Act 1989. The seven points of the checklist are: 1. the wishes and ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopaedia of India (2006)

by K.R. Gupta, K.R. Gupta & Amita Gupta

Public Health and Family Welfare According to the Indian Constitution, public health, hospitals, drugs and pharmaceuticals have been included in the State List while population, family planning, medical, education, adulteration in food ...

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Small photo of THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 27, 2008: Hoftoren skyscraper in the Hague, Netherlands. It is home to Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.Small photo of PIGGY BANK AND WELFARE CONCEPTSmall photo of TAIPEI, TAIWAN - MAY 19: Homeless man sitting live on camera street Taipei district May 19, 2018. There isn't enough welfare program of Taiwan government to help the poor.Small photo of Several 100 dollar banknotes with a home key and toy cars on the aged wooden surface. Illustration for: business success, private property, welfare, social inequality, fraud, corruption, mortgage.Small photo of Several 100 dollar banknotes with a home key and toy cars on the aged wooden surface. Illustration for: business success, private property, welfare, social inequality, fraud, corruption, mortgage.Small photo of Several 100 dollar banknotes with a home key and toy cars on the aged wooden surface. Illustration for: business success, private property, welfare, social inequality, fraud, corruption, mortgage.Small photo of Bangkok, Thailand - 2018 May 15 : Toyota’s First Aid Kit bag welfare for permanent employee and thai sentence is “Because we care” More...

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Quotes about Welfare

Welfare distorts behavior, makes one less personally responsible and reduces the role of private charity. This principle applies to corporate welfare. (Larry Elder)
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Scrabble value of W4E1L1F4A1R1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of WELFARE

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