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beneficent

[buh-nef-uh-suh nt]
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adjective
  1. doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits; kindly in action or purpose.
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Origin of beneficent

First recorded in 1610–20; benefic(ence) + -ent
Related formsbe·nef·i·cent·ly, adverbnon·be·nef·i·cent, adjectivenon·be·nef·i·cent·ly, adverbun·be·nef·i·cent, adjectiveun·be·nef·i·cent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbeneficent beneficial benevolentbeneficent munificent
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  • It is the law of the land—the just, holy, beneficent law, which is no respecter of persons.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Let the latter do it for him, and, if need be, return to the "beneficent whip."

  • The beneficent source had begun to flow once more, as if it were inexhaustible.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • It was a beneficent monarch, but it brooked no denial of its overlordship.

  • Why, then, does any dishonour attach to a beneficent occupation?

    Laws

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for beneficent

beneficent

adjective
  1. charitable; generous
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Derived Formsbeneficently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin beneficent-, from beneficus; see benefice
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Word Origin and History for beneficent

adj.

1610s, "doing good, charitable," probably from beneficent on model of magnificent, etc.

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