The state of being free from physical or psychological disease, illness, or malfunction; wellness.
A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall level of function of an organism from the cellular (micro) level to the social (macro) level.
(obsolete) Cure, remedy.
*, Bk.XVII, Ch.XI:
*:And she myght have a dysshfulle of bloode of a maydyn and a clene virgyne in wylle and in worke, and a kynges doughter, that bloode sholde be her helth , for to anoynte her withall.
(countable) A toast to prosperity.
Mr. Pratt’s Patients
, passage=Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring’s fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt’s boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.}}
* bill of health
* health food
* health worker
(uncountable) Health, safety, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect.
* , chapter=19
(uncountable, chiefly, US) Various forms of financial aid provided by the government to those who are in need of it (abbreviated form of Welfare assistance ).
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare . Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}
* income support, public assistance, social security