Definition of welfare state in English:

welfare state


  • 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.

    • ‘The Swedes have a lavish welfare state married to a healthy economy and the best social mobility in the world.’
    • ‘National Insurance Contributions are used to fund parts of the welfare state, including pensions and the NHS.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a country with no welfare state, religious institutions are still the principal means of supporting impoverished children.’
    • ‘The German government feared Americanization of the health sector and financial instability for the welfare state in general.’
    • ‘After the unique, extremely rapid growth of welfare expenditure the welfare state reached its financial limits.’
    • ‘No country in the area has a welfare state or a properly organised emergency service - there are almost no public ambulances.’
    • ‘Council housing was incorporated as a pillar of the welfare state by the 1945 Labour government.’
    • ‘The Social Democratic movement that shaped the modern European welfare state also originated in Germany.’
    • ‘For one thing, I remain unconvinced that it was the welfare state that was central to Fordism.’
    • ‘In opinion polls, a substantial and stable majority defend the welfare state.’
    • ‘The welfare state has meant security and an opportunity for development for many of your people.’
    • ‘Of course, young people get some benefits themselves from the welfare state.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A country practicing a welfare state system.
      • ‘Central European countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary have become ‘premature welfare states.’’
      • ‘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…’


welfare state

/ˈwelfe(ə)r ˌstāt/