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

  • n. Organized work intended to advance the social conditions of a community, and especially of the disadvantaged, by providing psychological counseling, guidance, and assistance, especially in the form of social services.

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  • n. Any of several professions concerned with providing social services to those members of the community that need it.

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  • n. any of various services designed to aid the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children


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