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characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings:
a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.
desiring to help others; charitable:
gifts from several benevolent alumni.
intended for benefits rather than profit:
a benevolent institution.
Contemporary Examples

What is the News? Whatever Alain de Botton Thinks It Is Robert Herritt February 19, 2014

Historical Examples

An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
Dimbie and I–and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
China, Japan and the U.S.A. John Dewey
Jerry’s Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
Saturday’s Child Kathleen Norris

intending or showing goodwill; kindly; friendly: a benevolent smile, a benevolent old man
doing good or giving aid to others, rather than making profit; charitable: a benevolent organization


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