well-meaning

[ wel-mee-ning ]
/ ˈwɛlˈmi nɪŋ /

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.

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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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