Definitions

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

  • adjective Kindly or honestly intended.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rightly intended; friendly; sincere; not feigned.

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  • adjective Having good intentions, even if resulting in unfortunate consequences.

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

  • adjective marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results

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Examples

  • So why is it that recommendations, even well-meant and accurate ones, sometimes have the opposite effect on me?

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  • The reason is that for most libertarians the end (whether poor people get services or not, or whether rich people get richer or not) doesn't justify the means (like for instance obligatory income transfers), even if that end is well-meant.

    Is there a market for the Libertarian Party

  • It should be emphasized that much of this new attention and assistance, especially from small nations, some organizations and even leaders as Nancy Pelosi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was genuine, well-meant and unquestionably welcome.

    Jamyang Norbu: Seeking the Power of the Powerless

  • So why is it that recommendations, even well-meant and accurate ones, sometimes have the opposite effect on me?

    Stubbornness and recommendations «

  • But the warning from MPs last year that a well-meant project to support Muslim social institutions had become tainted by negative association with counter-terrorism illustrates the difficulties of intervention in this area.

    Counter-terrorism: Prevention and cure | Editorial

  • It should be emphasized that much of this new attention and assistance, especially from small nations, some organizations and even leaders as Nancy Pelosi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was genuine, well-meant and unquestionably welcome.

    Jamyang Norbu: Seeking the Power of the Powerless

  • Marlene, well-meant, I'm sure, but these guys have to find a place to live first.

    Nightmare in Baja, please help

  • Marlene, well-meant, I'm sure, but these guys have to find a place to live first.

    Nightmare in Baja, please help

  • Here, too, there are well-meant words about bellies and breasts, but again, despite the positive message that one doesn't have to be bony to be beautiful, it's still a show about looking at women, a pastime of which it seems we'll never tire.

    Big breasts are the new small breasts

  • But the warning from MPs last year that a well-meant project to support Muslim social institutions had become tainted by negative association with counter-terrorism illustrates the difficulties of intervention in this area.

    Counter-terrorism: Prevention and cure | Editorial

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