[ buh-nef-uh-suh ns ]
/ bəˈnɛf ə səns /


the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.
a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.

Origin of beneficence

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin beneficentia; see benefic, -ence
Related formsnon·be·nef·i·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beneficence


/ (bɪˈnɛfɪsəns) /


the act of doing good; kindness
a charitable act or gift
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Word Origin and History for beneficence



"quality of being beneficent, kind, charitable," mid-15c., from Latin beneficentia "kindness, generosity," a back-formation from beneficentior (see beneficent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper