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

  • adj. Marked by or having good intentions: a well-intentioned but clumsy waiter; well-intentioned criticism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having good intentions, even if producing unfortunate results.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having upright intentions or honorable purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by or due to good intentions; meaning well; well-meant; intended for good.

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

  • adj. marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results


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  • People of this type, who are otherwise law-abiding and patriotic and well-intentioned, protect bootleggers and otherwise violate the Volstead Act with the same faith in the justice of their actions that a group of Middle Western Americans would have in evading a law that prohibited them from planting corn . . .

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • We favor management of the forest by trained professional foresters using approved forestry practices as has been done in the past and without interference from well-intentioned but misguided advocates of single-use concepts.

    The Good Fight

  • He might take offense at well-intentioned advice and sulk for months, refusing to talk to those who had wounded his amour propre.

    The Return

  • They do not want well-intentioned foreigners turning up with cash, like a new sect of Leninists, to foment revolution in their country in the service of some eschatological ideology.

    The Return

  • She was clearly well-intentioned but was not going to be the right coach for the job.

    Times Two

  • The generic cap and trade model that was in fashion back in the Pelosi years gave away permits to large polluters for free, and split the revenue among dozens of special interest handouts some of which were well-intentioned, but opaque to cynical voters.

    Mike Sandler: Cap and Trade Is So 2009: Time for an Alternative?

  • While arguably well-intentioned, the previous Labour government's preoccupation with getting more young people to university may be partly to blame.

    The Guardian roundtable | Time to trade up

  • I read the current house bill, although a bit cumbersome to get through, well-intentioned.

    Sources: White House considers drafting health care bill

  • While supporting her side, she actually makes an intelligent, well-intentioned statement.

    Palin urges restraint at town hall meetings

  • He seems to have been well-intentioned, but Paterson has been a failure as governor.

    Gibbs: Paterson re-election 'decision that he's going to make'


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