Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being good.
  • n. The beneficial or nutritious part.
  • interj. Used to express mild surprise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or characteristic of being good.
  • n. The good, nutritional, healthy part or content of something.
  • n. God.
  • n. The moral qualities which constitute Christian excellence; moral virtue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being good in any of its various senses; excellence; virtue; kindness; benevolence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being good, in any sense; excellence; purity; virtue; grace; benevolence.
  • n.
  • n. In exclamatory use, a term of emphasis; “gracious”: as, my goodness! no; for goodness' sake, tell me what it is.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
  • n. moral excellence or admirableness

Etymologies

good +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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