or good will
[ good-wil ]
/ ˈgʊdˈwɪl /
friendly disposition; benevolence; kindness.
cheerful acquiescence or consent.
Commerce. an intangible, salable asset arising from the reputation of a business and its relations with its customers, distinct from the value of its stock and other tangible assets.
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British Dictionary definitions for good will
/ (ˌɡʊdˈwɪl) /
a feeling of benevolence, approval, and kindly interest
(modifier) resulting from, showing, or designed to show goodwillthe government sent a goodwill mission to Moscow; a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF
willingness or acquiescence
accounting an intangible asset taken into account in assessing the value of an enterprise and reflecting its commercial reputation, customer connections, etc
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Word Origin and History for good will
Old English godes willan "virtuous, pious, upright," also "state of wishing well to another." One-word form goodwill (18c.) is used especially in commercial senses.
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