welfare


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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.
The objects of the Union among the States, as described in article third, are "their common defense, security of their liberties, and mutual and general welfare.
In the course of the preceding observations, I have had an eye, my fellow-citizens, to putting you upon your guard against all attempts, from whatever quarter, to influence your decision in a matter of the utmost moment to your welfare, by any impressions other than those which may result from the evidence of truth.
Make use of it, then, whenever you think it will be most useful, for my eldest son's welfare.
I can assure you that the welfare of the Countess Lucille shall be my special care.
Then after long search into the minister's dim interior, and turning over many precious materials, in the shape of high aspirations for the welfare of his race, warm love of souls, pure sentiments, natural piety, strengthened by thought and study, and illuminated by revelation -- all of which invaluable gold was perhaps no better than rubbish to the seeker -- he would turn back, discouraged, and begin his quest towards another point.
guilty as they may be, retaining, nevertheless, a zeal for God's glory and man's welfare, they shrink from displaying themselves black and filthy in the view of men; because, thenceforward, no good can be achieved by them; no evil of the past be redeemed by better service.
Would thou have me to believe, O wise and pious friend, that a false show can be better -- can be more for God's glory, or man' welfare -- than God's own truth?
A brilliant frigate captain, a man of sound judgment, of dashing bravery and of serene mind, scrupulously concerned for the welfare and honour of the navy, he missed a larger fame only by the chances of the service.
This was additional ground of hope for the welfare of the little colony.
Pierre proposed going to his estates in the south and there attending to the welfare of his serfs.
She respected, she esteemed, he was grateful to him, she felt a real interest in his welfare; and she only wanted to know how far she wished that welfare to depend upon herself, and how far it would be for the happiness of both that she should employ the power, which her fancy told her she still possessed, of bringing on her the renewal of his addresses.