beneficent

[ buh-nef-uh-suhnt ]
/ bəˈnɛf ə sənt /

adjective

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

OTHER WORDS FROM beneficent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH beneficent

1. beneficent , beneficial, benevolent2. beneficent , munificent
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British Dictionary definitions for beneficent

beneficent
/ (bɪˈnɛfɪsənt) /

adjective

charitable; generous

Derived forms of beneficent

beneficently, adverb

Word Origin for beneficent

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