from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Well-intentioned.
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- adj. With good intentions, often used to reflect positively on a negative outcome or situation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a good intention.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Well-intentioned: frequently used with slight contempt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not unfriendly or threatening
- adj. marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results
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But what permanently endeared him to many in the city was his reaction a few years ago to a nickname that well-meaning supporters began applying to him: El Hombre.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
In 2008, she says, 3,849 out of 9,000 California schools used ESY, which she regards as part of the "new Food Hysteria" that is promoted by “an agglomeration of foodies and educational reformers who are propelled by a vacuous if well-meaning ideology.”
A number of well-meaning colleagues said things to me like, "You know, even Faulkner didn't write about black people in the first person."
And I wonder how appalling the idea of eugenics seems to a great number of honest, well-meaning people today.
A great many were honest and well-meaning, and their optimism about the possibilities of science and technology remain very strong with us today.
Well, we sent them packing - and I herewith formally apologize to those well-meaning friends who sent them our way thinking that they were doing us a favor.
Who can help but to fall in love with Quark's well-meaning, clumsy, brilliant brother Rom?
Presumably some committee of well-meaning experts sat down and thought this would be a good idea, though at first glance it seems pretty cringe-making.
Unfortunately, many people have been (understandably) drawn into the vaccine theory, and this has led many well-meaning people to not vaccinate their kids.