Benevolent definition

bə-nĕvə-lənt
Doing or inclined to do good; kindly; charitable.
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Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.
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Altruistic, charitable, good, just and fair.
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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.

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Characterized by or resulting from benevolence.
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Relating to a charitable organization that operates without making a profit.
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Characterized by or given to doing good.
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Suggestive of doing good; agreeable.

A benevolent smile.

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Having a disposition to do good.

Chinese and Eastern mythologies describe dragons as benevolent.

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Origin of benevolent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin benevolēns benevolent- bene well deu-2 in Indo-European roots volēns present participle of velle to wish wel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French benivolent, from Latin bene (“well”) + volō.

    From Wiktionary