[wel-in-ten-shuh nd]


Origin of well-intentioned

First recorded in 1590–1600
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adjective (well intentioned when postpositive)

having or indicating benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results
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Word Origin and History for well-intentioned

1590s, from well (adv.) + intentioned (see intention).

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