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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Welfare \Wel"fare`\, n. [Well + fare to go, to proceed, to happen.] Well-doing or well-being in any respect; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; exemption from any evil or calamity; prosperity; happiness. [1913 Webster] How to study for the people's welfare. --Shak. [1913 Webster] In whose deep eyes Men read the welfare of the times to come. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]