from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of excellent nature or character; properly disposed; right-minded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Good-natured; kind.


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  • The well-natured knight soon after returned to his own castle, and being a man of an orderly life and virtuous habits, the charming beauties of the Saxon virgin, and the more ripened charms of her mother, did not prevent their travelling in all honour as well as safety to his family fortress, the castle of Aspramonte.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • He went as a well-natured dog goes for a walk with its mistress, leaving a choice mutton-bone on the lawn.

    To Let

  • The manners of the poets were not unlike: both of them were well-bred, well-natured, amorous, and libertine, at least in their writings, it may be also in their lives.

    English literary criticism

  • Presently, Mr. Oliver, a well-natured looking man, (one thought of that,) came forward, leading and coaxing along a little black boy, dressed in white linen, somewhat fat and stubborn in build.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 61, November, 1862

  • It must be allowed he had a little Over-balance on the well-natured

    Characters from 17th Century Histories and Chronicles

  • Now I had not bargained with the smith, who seemed a well-natured enough man, and grinned broadly at the prospect.

    Richard Carvel — Complete

  • All the Fellows I have yet seen are both well-natured and well-bred; men admirably disposed as well to preserve peace and good neighbourhood among themselves as to preserve it wherever else they have any acquaintance.

    Hetty Wesley

  • 'Tis a civil, well-natured man as can be, of excellent principles and exact honesty.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • If this be a fault in me, 'tis at least a well-natured one; and therefore I hope you will forgive it me, you that can forgive me anything, you say, and be displeased with nothing whilst I love you; may I never be pleased with anything when I do not.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • 'Tis a handsome youth, and well-natured, but such a goose; and she has bred him so strangely, that he needs all his ten thousand a year.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54


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