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beneficence

[buh-nef-uh-suh ns]
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noun
  1. the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.
  2. a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.
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Origin of beneficence

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin beneficentia; see benefic, -ence
Related formsnon·be·nef·i·cence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-beneficence

beneficence

noun
  1. the act of doing good; kindness
  2. a charitable act or gift
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Word Origin and History for non-beneficence

beneficence

n.

"quality of being beneficent, kind, charitable," mid-15c., from Latin beneficentia "kindness, generosity," a back-formation from beneficentior (see beneficent).

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