from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A social system whereby the state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens, as in matters of health care, education, employment, and social security.
- noun A nation in which such a system operates.
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- noun a
social systemin which the state takes overall responsibilityfor the welfare of its citizens, providing health care, education, unemployment compensationand social security
- noun a state or
nationin which such a system operates
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- noun a government that undertakes responsibility for the welfare of its citizens through programs in public health and public housing and pensions and unemployment compensation etc.
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