well-meaning

[wel-mee-ning]
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adjective

meaning or intending well; having good intentions: a well-meaning but tactless person.
Also well-meant [wel-ment] /ˈwɛlˈmɛnt/. proceeding from good intentions: Her well-meaning words were received in silence.

Nearby words

  1. well-man,
  2. well-managed,
  3. well-mannered,
  4. well-marked,
  5. well-matched,
  6. well-meant,
  7. well-merited,
  8. well-met,
  9. well-mixed,
  10. well-motivated

Origin of well-meaning

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

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British Dictionary definitions for well-meaning

well-meaning

adjective (well meaning when postpositive)

having or indicating good or benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results
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