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