Definitions for benevolencebəˈnɛv ə ləns

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. benevolence(noun)

    disposition to do good

  2. benevolence(noun)

    an inclination to do kind or charitable acts

  3. benevolence, benefaction(noun)

    an act intending or showing kindness and good will

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. benevolence(Noun)

    disposition to do good

  2. benevolence(Noun)

    charitable kindness

  3. benevolence(Noun)

    an altruistic gift or act

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Benevolence(noun)

    the disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness

  2. Benevolence(noun)

    an act of kindness; good done; charity given

  3. Benevolence(noun)

    a species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity

The Nuttall EncyclopediaRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Benevolence

    the name of a forced tax exacted from the people by certain kings of England, and which, under Charles I., became so obnoxious as to occasion the demand of the Petition of Rights (q. v.), that no tax should be levied without consent of Parliament; first enforced in 1473, declared illegal in 1689.

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