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benevolent

[ buh-nev-uh-luhnt ]
/ bəˈnɛv ə lənt /
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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)
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
benevolently, adverb
C15: from Latin benevolēns, from bene well + velle to wish
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