wel·fare /ˈwɛlˌfær, ˌfɛr/
Wel·fare n. 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.
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]