from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by or suggestive of doing good.
- adj. Of, concerned with, or organized for the benefit of charity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a disposition to do good.
- adj. Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.
- adj. altruistic or charitable.
- adj. generous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having or manifesting a desire to do good; possessing or characterized by love toward mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; kind: as, a benevolent disposition or action.
- Intended for the conferring of benefits, as distinguished from the making of profit: as, a benevolent enterprise; a benevolent institution.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
- adj. generous in providing aid to others
- adj. generous in assistance to the poor
- adj. intending or showing kindness
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin benevolēns, benevolent- : bene, well; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots + volēns, present participle of velle, to wish; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin bene ("well") + volō. (Wiktionary)