beneficent

[buh-nef-uh-suh nt]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. benefactress,
  2. benefactrix,
  3. benefic,
  4. benefice,
  5. beneficence,
  6. beneficial,
  7. beneficially,
  8. beneficiary,
  9. beneficiate,
  10. benefit

Origin of beneficent

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

Related forms
Can be confusedbeneficent beneficial benevolentbeneficent munificent

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British Dictionary definitions for beneficent

beneficent

adjective

charitable; generous
Derived Formsbeneficently, adverb

Word Origin for beneficent

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

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Word Origin and History for beneficent

beneficent

adj.

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

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