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affluence (noun) prosperity; wealth; richness; abundance.

When you are very rich and lead a good life with all the comforts money can buy, you live in affluence. The US is a country of affluence because it is a wealthy country. Every government naturally tries to secure for its people a life of plenty, so its goal is a society of affluence. People living in affluence can enjoy all kinds of luxuries.

  • Affluence certainly makes life enjoyable, but it can create problems too.
  • Americans often claim that only free enterprise and capitalism can assure affluence.
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