- (mainly US & Canadian) in receipt of financial aid from a government agency or other source
Example Sentences Including 'on welfare'
A few families have six-figure incomes, while three have been on welfare at some point; most are somewhere in between.
The Guide to Lesbian and Gay Parenting
He is close to Tony Blair and conducted a wide-ranging study on how to reduce dependence on welfare for him last year.
In 1970 Baker gave up playing altogether and lived on welfare with his wife and children.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
Just as Blair once told his Ministers to `think the unthinkable " on welfare reform, Hague must speak the unspeakable.
Sun, News of the World (1999)
Most low-paid workers rely on welfare payments to supplement family income.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
This is unacceptable on welfare grounds, argues Jon Day of the ADAS Terrington Research Centre near King's Lynn, Norfolk.
New Scientist (1999)
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