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good-natured

[goo d-ney-cherd] /ˈgʊdˈneɪ tʃərd/
adjective
1.
having or showing a pleasant, kindly disposition; amiable:
a warm, good-natured person.
Origin of good-natured
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80
Related forms
good-naturedly, adverb
good-naturedness, noun
Synonyms
agreeable, willing, cheerful, equable.
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Examples from the Web for good-natured
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  • This good-natured fellow's present was highly valuable and useful to me.

  • Mr Verloc gathered everything as it came to his broad, good-natured breast.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • My brother and sister will be at hand with their good-natured constructions.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Let us try to be sensible; let us try to be good-natured; let us try to be fair.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Madame Fressard smiled in a good-natured but rather ironical way.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for good-natured

good-natured

adjective
1.
of a tolerant and kindly disposition
Derived Forms
good-naturedly, adverb
good-naturedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for good-natured
adj.

1570s, from good (adj.) + nature. Good nature "pleasing or kind disposition" is from mid-15c. Related: Good-naturedly.

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