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[wel-in-ten-shuh nd] /ˈwɛl ɪnˈtɛn ʃənd/
Origin of well-intentioned
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As we do, we must not repeat the well-intentioned errors of our past.

  • He was not a clever boy, but nothing could exceed his well-intentioned industry.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • Understand, they were well-intentioned and enterprising fellows.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  • Such men, well-intentioned though they might be, were hindrances to progress.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • But our well-intentioned mistake was not a sin and we have no need of a scape-goat.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
British Dictionary definitions for well-intentioned


adjective (well intentioned when postpositive)
having or indicating benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-intentioned

1590s, from well (adv.) + intentioned (see intention).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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