Definitions for benevolentbəˈnɛv ə lənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be•nev•o•lentbəˈnɛv ə lənt(adj.)

  1. characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings:

    a benevolent smile.

  2. desiring to help others; charitable.

  3. established for good works:

    a benevolent society.

Origin of benevolent:

1425–75; late ME < L benevolent-, s. of benevolēns kindhearted =bene-bene-+volēns, prp. of velle to want, wish


Princeton's WordNet

  1. benevolent(adj)

    intending or showing kindness

    "a benevolent society"

  2. charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-hearted(adj)

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

    "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"

  3. benevolent, freehearted(adj)

    generous in providing aid to others

  4. beneficent, benevolent, eleemosynary, philanthropic(adj)

    generous in assistance to the poor

    "a benevolent contributor"; "eleemosynary relief"; "philanthropic contributions"


  1. benevolent(Adjective)

    Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.

  2. benevolent(Adjective)

    Having a disposition to do good.

  3. benevolent(Adjective)

    altruistic or charitable.

  4. benevolent(Adjective)


  5. Origin: bene + volo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benevolent(adj)

    having a disposition to do good; possessing or manifesting love to mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; disposed to give to good objects; kind; charitable

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