noun Etymology: Middle English welthe, from wele weal Date: 13th century 1. obsolete weal, welfare 2. abundance of valuable material possessions or resources 3. abundant supply ; profusion 4. a. all property that has a money value or an exchangeable value b. all material objects that have economic utility; especially the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time <
national wealth

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