Etymology
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benevolent (adj.)

mid-15c., "wishing to do good, well-disposed, kindly," from Old French benivolent and directly from Latin benevolentem (nominative benevolens) "wishing (someone) well, benevolent," related to benevolentia "good feeling," from bene "well" (see bene-) + volentem (nominative volens) present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). Related: Benevolently.

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Definitions of benevolent

benevolent (adj.)
intending or showing kindness;
a benevolent society
benevolent (adj.)
showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity;
Synonyms: charitable / kindly / sympathetic / good-hearted / openhearted / large-hearted
benevolent (adj.)
generous in providing aid to others;
Synonyms: freehearted
benevolent (adj.)
generous in assistance to the poor;
a benevolent contributor
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