A benevolent neighbor.
- An example of benevolent was Mother Theresa.
- An example of benevolent is Ellen DeGeneres.
- An example of benevolent is the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The definition of benevolent is enjoying helping others or someone whose primary characteristic is being warm or friendly.
- doing or inclined to do good; kindly; charitable
- characterized by or resulting from benevolence
Origin of benevolentMiddle English and 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)