beneficent /bɪˈnɛfɪs(ə)nt/

b

I. adjective

1. (of a person) generous or doing good.

a beneficent landowner.
2. resulting in good

a beneficent democracy.
II. derivatives

1. beneficence /bɪˈnɛfɪs(ə)ns /
noun


2. beneficently
adverb


– origin early 17th cent.: from Latin beneficent- (stem of beneficentior, comparative of beneficus ‘favourable, generous’), from bene facere ‘do good (to)’.

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