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Definitions for benevolent
bəˈnɛv ə ləntbenev·o·lent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word benevolent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. benevolentadjective

    intending or showing kindness

    "a benevolent society"

  2. charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-heartedadjective

    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, freeheartedadjective

    generous in providing aid to others

  4. beneficent, benevolent, eleemosynary, philanthropicadjective

    generous in assistance to the poor

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


  1. benevolentadjective

    Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.

  2. benevolentadjective

    Having a disposition to do good.

  3. benevolentadjective

    altruistic or charitable.

  4. benevolentadjective


  5. Etymology: bene + volo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Benevolentadjective

    Kind; having good will, or kind inclinations.

    Etymology: benevolens, benevolentia, Lat.

    Thou good old man, benevolent as wise. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Nature all
    Is blooming and benevolent like thee. James Thomson.


  1. benevolent

    Benevolent is an adjective that describes someone or something as kind, generous, and caring towards others. It originates from the Latin word "benevolentia," meaning "good will." In a broader sense, it can also refer to any act or organization aiming to benefit or actively promoting the good of others, including moral, ethical, or humanitarian actions or institutions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benevolentadjective

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of benevolent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of benevolent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of benevolent in a Sentence

  1. Yeoh Lam Keong:

    Democratization is the trickier part because Lee Kuan Yew's legacy is also benevolent authoritarianism, they are standing against the tide in the long run, 10 to 20 years. They really need to lead that rather than get dragged along by it. I'm not sure if they have the inclination to do that.

  2. Florence Nightingale:

    What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in matters of business about which they know nothing and think they know a great deal.

  3. Congressman Budd:

    The Fraternal Order of Police. The North Carolina Troopers Association. The list goes on and on, the Police Benevolent Association. They all at one point endorsed Cheri Beasley. But now they know me. They know her. And they have endorsed me.

  4. Benjamin Silberstein:

    Of course it's at least partially about the sanctions, just look at the way the letter is worded. They want to make it sound like sanctions equals starvation so the U.S. should really be benevolent and give them up.

  5. Janine Hedges:

    We just can't do four more years of this, even though he is not my first choice, Biden is somebody who has a more benevolent side to him. We need that.

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  • خيرArabic
  • доброжела́телен, благоскло́нен, ще́дър, човеколюби́в, ми́лостивBulgarian
  • benèfic, benevolentCatalan, Valencian
  • benevolentníCzech
  • velvilligeDanish
  • wohlwollendGerman
  • καλοήθηςGreek
  • benévoloSpanish
  • خیرخواه, نیک‌کامهPersian
  • hyväntahtoinenFinnish
  • bienveillant, bienveillanteFrench
  • נָדִיבHebrew
  • 優しいJapanese
  • دڵ سۆزKurdish
  • liefdadig, welwillend, altruïstischDutch
  • velvilligNorwegian
  • binevoitor, binevoitoareRomanian
  • доброжела́тельный, филантропи́ческий, благожела́тельный, ми́лостивый, благотвори́тельный, великоду́шный, человеколюби́вый, благоскло́нный, до́брый, ще́дрый, благоду́шныйRussian
  • välvilligSwedish
  • இரக்கமுள்ளTamil
  • hayırseverTurkish
  • ادارUrdu

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