Definition of goodness
1 : the quality or state of being good
2 —used interjectionally or in phrases especially to express mild surprise or shock <oh, my goodness !> <goodness knows>
3 : the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something
Examples of goodness in a sentence
Even if you don't agree, at least have the goodness to be polite!
<a person of such unaffected goodness that his friends were inspired to lead better lives>
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of goodness
before 12th century
GOODNESS Defined for Kids
Definition of goodness for Students
1 : the quality or state of being good <Vegetables have natural goodness.>
2 : excellence of morals and behavior <My grandparents Hiddle were … full up to the tops of their heads with goodness and sweetness … — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>
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