from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by or performing acts of kindness or charity.
- adj. Producing benefit; beneficial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Given to acts that are kind, charitable, philanthropic or beneficial.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Doing or producing good; performing acts of kindness and charity; characterized by beneficence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Doing or effecting good; performing acts of kindness and charity; marked by or resulting from good will.
- Synonyms Beneficent, Beneficial, bountiful, bounteous, liberal, munificent, generous, kind. Beneficent always implies a kind and worthy purpose back of that to which the adjective applies; beneficial does not.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. doing or producing good
- adj. generous in assistance to the poor
On the other hand, maybe we think that governments do behave, at least some of the time, in beneficent fashion.
Iran diplomacy had broken up and Obama in Oslo reclaimed for America the title of beneficent world garrison state.
Still in beneficent mood, the guards allowed the prisoners to play musical instruments for two hours each evening and permitted a concert on Easter Sunday.
Ancient Mariner assured him in beneficent cackles.
Cholera has been rightly called the beneficent sanitary inspector of the world.
This has been boldly called a beneficent arrangement, in order that the young cuckoo may get sufficient food, and that its foster-brothers may perish before they had acquired much feeling!
Not that he had any faith in the so-called beneficent influences of time -- for what young lover is willing to believe that the slow drag of months and years over his passion will crush all life from it at last?
When we have completed the conquest of the earth, when we have discovered God's laws of matter and force and are able to keep them, it means the abolition of all unnecessary pain, unnecessary pain, I say; for all that pain which is not beneficent, which is not inherent in the nature of things, is remedial.
"There is magic of two kinds, -- the dark and evil, appertaining to witchcraft or necromancy; the pure and beneficent, which is but philosophy, applied to certain mysteries in Nature remote from the beaten tracks of science, but which deepened the wisdom of ancient sages, and can yet unriddle the myths of departed races."
The CEO of a company is a kind of beneficent dictator.
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