from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An insurance program carried out or mandated by a government to provide economic assistance to the unemployed, the elderly, or the disabled.
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- noun government provision for unemployed, injured, or aged people; financed by contributions from employers and employees as well as by government revenue
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