- The definition of beneficent is someone who does good, or something that results in good being done.
A volunteer who gives money and helps in soup kitchens is an example of someone who is beneficent.
- showing beneficence; doing good
- resulting in benefit
- Characterized by or performing acts of kindness or charity.
- Producing benefit; beneficial.
Origin of beneficentProbably from beneficence, on the model of such pairs as benevolent, benevolence.
(comparative more beneficent, superlative most beneficent)
Latin *beneficens, from bene (“good”) + -ficens, past participle of facere (“to make or do”).