- the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.
- a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.
Origin of beneficence
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- the act of doing good; kindness
- a charitable act or gift
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Word Origin and History for non-beneficence
"quality of being beneficent, kind, charitable," mid-15c., from Latin beneficentia "kindness, generosity," a back-formation from beneficentior (see beneficent).
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