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or good will

[goo d-wil] /ˈgʊdˈwɪl/
friendly disposition; benevolence; kindness.
cheerful acquiescence or consent.
Commerce. an intangible, salable asset arising from the reputation of a business and its relations with its customers, distinct from the value of its stock and other tangible assets.
Origin of goodwill
before 900; Middle English; Old English gōd willa. See good, will2
1. friendliness. See favor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Come, said goodwill, and I will teach thee about the way thou must go.

    Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
  • Did not I make to your leader all the signs of amity and goodwill?

    Two Gallant Sons of Devon Harry Collingwood
  • All that you so earnestly say about the goodwill and devotion of all engaged, I perceived and deeply felt last night.

  • They are entirely dependent upon his goodwill for a good harvest.

    Children of Borneo Edwin Herbert Gomes
  • Luckily I can take you to a pretty safe place, of which I have the key and custode's goodwill in my pocket.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for goodwill


a feeling of benevolence, approval, and kindly interest
(modifier) resulting from, showing, or designed to show goodwill: the government sent a goodwill mission to Moscow, a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF
willingness or acquiescence
(accounting) an intangible asset taken into account in assessing the value of an enterprise and reflecting its commercial reputation, customer connections, etc
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