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Meaning of benevolence

be•nev•o•lence

Pronunciation: (bu-nev'u-luns), [key]
— n.
  1. desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one's fellow creatures.
  2. an act of kindness; a charitable gift.
  3. a forced contribution to the sovereign.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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