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


Probably from beneficence, on the model of such pairs as benevolent, benevolence.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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