benevolent

[ buh-nev-uh-luhnt ]
/ bəˈnɛv ə lənt /

adjective

characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.
desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent alumni.
intended for benefits rather than profit: a benevolent institution.

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Origin of benevolent

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin benevolent- (stem of benevolēns) kindhearted (bene- bene- + vol- wish (akin to will1) + -ent- -ent)

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH benevolent

beneficent beneficial benevolent
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British Dictionary definitions for benevolent

benevolent
/ (bɪˈnɛvələnt) /

adjective

intending or showing goodwill; kindly; friendlya benevolent smile; a benevolent old man
doing good or giving aid to others, rather than making profit; charitablea benevolent organization

Derived forms of benevolent

benevolently, adverb

Word Origin for benevolent

C15: from Latin benevolēns, from bene well + velle to wish
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