benevolent /bɪˈnɛv(ə)l(ə)nt/


I. adjective

1. well meaning and kindly.

he was something of a benevolent despot.
a benevolent smile.
2. [ attrib.] (of an organization) serving a charitable rather than a profit-making purpose

a benevolent fund.
II. derivatives

benevolently /bɪˈnɛvələntli /

– origin late Middle English: from Old French benivolent, from Latin bene volent- ‘well wishing’, from bene ‘well’ + velle ‘to wish’.

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