1. characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.
2. desiring to help others; charitable:gifts from several benevolent alumni.
3. intended for benefits rather than profit: a benevolent institution.
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generous, philanthropic, compassionate, benign, humane, caring, altruistic, beneficent, big, big-hearted, bountiful, chivalrous, considerate, helpful, humanitarian, kindhearted, liberal, magnanimous, tenderhearted, warmhearted
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2. good, kind, humane, generous, liberal, benign, philanthropic, altruistic.
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Origin: 1425–75; late Middle English < Latin benevolent- (stem of benevolens) kindhearted (bene-bene- + vol- wish (akin to will) + -ent--ent)
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR BENEVOLENT
They are often characterized as benevolent and admirable; when we do the same, we are angry and unreasonable.
THE UNBEARABLE WHITENESS OF PROTESTING|RAWIYA KAMEIR, JUDNICK MAYARD|DECEMBER 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once in power, they often hired gifted artists to portray them in flattering and benevolent poses.
GREAT RENAISSANCE ART THRIVED AMID FILTH|NICK ROMEO|DECEMBER 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Help with onerous conditions is not help so much as benevolent coercion.
AMERICA’S MEDDLERS ARE OUR WORST ENEMIES|STEFAN BECK|OCTOBER 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you have a great person in charge then a benevolent dictator is wonderful.
WHAT JOAN RIVERS SAID SHE WOULD DO IF SHE WERE DICTATOR OF AMERICA|ASAWIN SUEBSAENG|SEPTEMBER 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
CrossFitters work out in groups, moving to the demands of a benevolent taskmaster.
IS AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY BECOMING A WORKOUT CULT?|MICHAEL SCHULSON|APRIL 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And I hadn't asked the benevolent old gentleman where he lived.
THE WIT AND HUMOR OF AMERICA, VOLUME VIII (OF X)|VARIOUS
The Seigneur took a pinch of snuff, and the Cure, whose mind was benevolent, listened with the gravest interest.
THE RIGHT OF WAY, COMPLETE|GILBERT PARKER
We observed more than one benevolent lady weeping pearls over indefinite things that had vainly struggled to become porkers.
HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE, VOL. II, NO. X., MARCH 1851|VARIOUS
The "too-many-shirts" cry, which so revolted the benevolent heart of Mr. Carlyle twenty years since, has ceased to be heard.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOL. 12, NO. 72, OCTOBER, 1863|VARIOUS
Many free, benevolent features of the school were now seriously endangered for lack of sufficient public support.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI|PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA