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Meaning of benevolent

be•nev•o•lent

Pronunciation: (bu-nev'u-lunt), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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