from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being healthy, happy, or prosperous; welfare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a state of health, happiness and/or prosperity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or condition of being well; welfare; happiness; prosperity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Well-conditioned existence: good mode of being; moral or physical welfare; a state of life which secures or tends toward happiness. Sometimes written wellbeing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
  • n. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous


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