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beneficent (adj.)

1610s, "doing good, charitable through good will," probably from beneficence on model of magnificent, etc. The Latin adjective is beneficus.

updated on May 16, 2017

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Definitions of beneficent from WordNet

beneficent (adj.)
doing or producing good;
the most beneficent regime in history
beneficent (adj.)
generous in assistance to the poor;
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