beneficent

[ buh-nef-uh-suh nt ]
/ bəˈnɛf ə sənt /

adjective

doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits; kindly in action or purpose.

Origin of beneficent

First recorded in 1610–20; benefic(ence) + -ent

Related forms

Can be confused

beneficent beneficial benevolentbeneficent munificent
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British Dictionary definitions for beneficent

beneficent

/ (bɪˈnɛfɪsənt) /

adjective

charitable; generous

Derived Forms

beneficently, adverb

Word Origin for beneficent

C17: from Latin beneficent-, from beneficus; see benefice
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