Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being meaning; significance.

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Examples

  • It may be the case that the enterprise would have been unsuccessful even if it had been run by people who were well-meaning and competent (and by the way, lack of well-meaningness explains what has gone on a lot better than lack of competence does; at the end of the day these guys got pretty much what they wanted out of this war).

    Matthew Yglesias » Strange New Respect

  • It might be just enough distinction to keep the meaningness of the bigger plot which is, indeed a game of thrones and give the show a little ownability.

    GRRM provides short casting update

  • Is this what is being envisioned by the international community in all well-meaningness?

    Robert Eisenman: Fisk Is Wrong on West Bank

  • We submitted to the general dispensation of long-windedness and short-meaningness as to any other providential visitation, endeavoring only to hold fast our faith in the divine government of the world in the midst of so much that was past understanding.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • With what appeared to be well-meaningness of the most unenlightened kind, Mr. Campion persisted in his point, ignoring all the danger signals.

    The Fashion in Shrouds

  • That the impression of emptiness and un-meaningness thus produced is in itself a blemish to the work no one can deny.

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • That the impression of emptiness and un-meaningness thus produced is in itself a blemish to the work no one can deny.

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • We submitted to the general dispensation of long-windedness and short-meaningness as to any other providental visitation, endeavoring only to hold fast our faith in the divine government of the world in the midst of so much that was past understanding.

    The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V Political Essays

  • My earnest well-meaningness didn't do much to mitigate her concerns, though we were able to protect her from the retaliation she feared, the more so since the violation of regulations was substantiated and so severe that the identity of the person who reported it was the least of the researcher's problems.

    Inside Higher Ed

  • His or her honesty, loyalty, sincerity, and well-meaningness will indeed have numerous occasions to manifest themselves because all sorts of things happen in life, and unless you choose to turn a blind eye to what's happening, you can generally figure out sooner or later whether you've made yourself a good friend or someone who's not really worthy of being considered that.

    The IgNoble Experiment, a.k.a. Live Dangerously!

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