Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by or performing acts of kindness or charity.
  • adjective Producing benefit; beneficial.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Doing or producing good; performing acts of kindness and charity; characterized by beneficence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Given to acts that are kind, charitable, philanthropic or beneficial.

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

  • adjective doing or producing good
  • adjective generous in assistance to the poor

Etymologies

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

[Probably from beneficence, on the model of such pairs as benevolent, benevolence.]

Examples

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  • OZ'S VOICE

    The beneficent Oz has every intention of

    granting....

    July 8, 2010