AskDefine | Define benevolent

Dictionary Definition

benevolent adj
1 doing or producing good [syn: beneficent, gracious]
2 intending or showing kindness; "a benevolent society"
3 having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others; "his benevolent smile"; "a benevolent nature" [syn: good] [ant: malevolent]
4 generous in providing aid to others [syn: freehearted]
5 generous in assistance to the poor; "a benevolent contributor"; "eleemosynary relief"; "philanthropic contributions" [syn: beneficent, eleemosynary, philanthropic]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Having a disposition to do good.
  2. Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.
  3. altruistic or charitable.


Having a disposition to do good
  • Kurdish:
Possessing or manifesting love for mankind
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