Definition of welfare state in US English:

welfare state

noun

  • 1A system whereby the government undertakes to protect the health and well-being of its citizens, especially those in financial or social need, by means of grants, pensions, and other benefits. The foundations for the modern welfare state in the US were laid by the New Deal programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    • ‘Of course, young people get some benefits themselves from the welfare state.’
    • ‘In a country with no welfare state, religious institutions are still the principal means of supporting impoverished children.’
    • ‘The welfare state has meant security and an opportunity for development for many of your people.’
    • ‘For one thing, I remain unconvinced that it was the welfare state that was central to Fordism.’
    • ‘The Social Democratic movement that shaped the modern European welfare state also originated in Germany.’
    • ‘Pension provision has become a major political issue in virtually every country with vestiges of a social welfare state.’
    • ‘Concessions made to the working class included a considerable welfare state and decent public services.’
    • ‘Council housing was incorporated as a pillar of the welfare state by the 1945 Labour government.’
    • ‘After the unique, extremely rapid growth of welfare expenditure the welfare state reached its financial limits.’
    • ‘The Swedes have a lavish welfare state married to a healthy economy and the best social mobility in the world.’
    • ‘The German government feared Americanization of the health sector and financial instability for the welfare state in general.’
    • ‘In opinion polls, a substantial and stable majority defend the welfare state.’
    • ‘National Insurance Contributions are used to fund parts of the welfare state, including pensions and the NHS.’
    • ‘No country in the area has a welfare state or a properly organised emergency service - there are almost no public ambulances.’
    • ‘Other European countries that have prospered over the medium term have included high-tax countries with extensive welfare states, such as Denmark and the Netherlands.’
    1. 1.1 A country practicing a welfare state system.
      • ‘But it's common sense that welfare states then need someone else to support so many pensioners.’
      • ‘Simply stated, market-oriented East European countries are going to impose enormous competitive pressure on high-tax welfare states…’
      • ‘Central European countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary have become ‘premature welfare states.’’

Pronunciation

welfare state

/ˈwɛlfɛ(ə)r ˌsteɪt//ˈwelfe(ə)r ˌstāt/