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
It was only the other day I read in the report of the Consumers League in my own city that a benevolent institution, when found giving out clothing to be made in tenement houses that were not licensed, and taken to task for it, asked the agents of the League to show some way in which the law could be evaded; but it is just as well for that benevolent institution that name and address were wanting, or it might find its funds running short unaccountably.
The term benevolent compassion puzzled Noam Cohen, executive editor of Inside.com and a former copy editor at the New York Times.
Well, I don't like the term benevolent dictator, and I don't think that it's my job or my role in the world of ideas to be the dictator of the future of all human knowledge compiled by the world.
"Well, I am what I call a benevolent thief," replied Shih-Kung.
"This person did not have access to what we call our benevolent fund," he said Thursday.
Like many who assume that I am one to whom the high court’s decisions about language can be appealed, he wrote to me: I was wondering what you made of Justice Scalia’s use of the term benevolent compassion.
Sturgeon's Sylva Wycke, though loving and benevolent, is none-the-less the literary ancestor of Asimov's Solarians (in his Elijah Bailey Robot novels) or the Tessier-Ashpools in the Villa Straylight space station in William Gibson's Neuromancer who are so rich and so far above the rules and challenges of the rest of humanity that they have in effect become alien.
The era of Google as a trusted, "non-evil" startup whose actions are automatically assumed to be benevolent is over.
Most importantly, it aims to demonstrate that while times are tough and outcomes are uncertain, we can still bend the future in benevolent ways if we embrace change and steer its momentum in the right direction.
It relies on a transcendental, immutable, objective source of supreme, omniscient, long term benevolent source God.