- The definition of benevolent is enjoying helping others or someone whose primary characteristic is being warm or friendly.
- An example of benevolent was Mother Theresa.
- An example of benevolent is Ellen DeGeneres.
- An example of benevolent is the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
A benevolent neighbor.
- doing or inclined to do good; kindly; charitable
- characterized by or resulting from benevolence
Origin of benevolentMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin benevolens ; from bene, well + volens, present participle of velle, to wish: see will
- a. Characterized by or given to doing good: “a benevolent philanthropist who donated the funds to found the town library” (Willie Morris).b. Suggestive of doing good; agreeable: a benevolent smile.
- Relating to a charitable organization that operates without making a profit.
Origin of benevolentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin benevolēns, benevolent- : bene, well; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots + volēns, present participle of velle, to wish; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more benevolent, superlative most benevolent)