welfare(redirected from a Brief History of Welfare Reform)
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a. financial and other assistance given to people in need
b. (as modifier): welfare services
2. plans or work to better the social or economic conditions of various underprivileged groups
3. the welfare Informal chiefly Brit the public agencies involved with giving such assistance
4. on welfare Chiefly US and Canadian in receipt of financial aid from a government agency or other source