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welfare

1. 
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
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A power to destroy the freedom of the press, the trial by jury, or even to regulate the course of descents, or the forms of conveyances, must be very singularly expressed by the terms "to raise money for the general welfare.
Levin was confirmed in this generalization by observing that his brother did not take questions affecting the public welfare or the question of the immortality of the soul a bit more to heart than he did chess problems, or the ingenious construction of a new machine.
I have written this without any definite aim in my mind, but solely to assure you of my welfare.