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

  • adj. Kindly or honestly intended: well-meant admonitions.

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rightly intended; friendly; sincere; not feigned.

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

  • adj. marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Historically accurate as far as what Moroder did, well-meant, but not to be endured, I'm afraid unless you really really like Adam Ant.

    Michael Giltz: DVDs: "West Side Story" (Almost) Perfect In New BluRay Set

  • Whatever the reason, his Lear is a well-meant failure.

    That Wild and Crazy Messiah

  • One bit that I do not agree with is the last two paragraphs: If the West prefers calm around Gaza ..., it may consider offering immigration to those young Palestinians only born because of the West's well-meant but cruelly misguided aid.

    "Ending the West's Proxy War Against Israel"

  • It seems like a well-meant gesture, and it will mean he is making $1 more than NFL players will make if they are locked out of work.

    Andrew Brandt: NFL Labor Q & A


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