beneficence

noun be·nef·i·cence \ bə-ˈne-fə-sən(t)s \

Definition of beneficence

1 :the quality or state of doing or producing good :the quality or state of being beneficent
  • admired for her beneficence
2 :benefaction
  • bestow your beneficences generously
  • —W. L. Sullivan

Examples of beneficence in a Sentence

  1. the town library stays open primarily through beneficences from concerned residents

  2. a religious leader whose beneficence is felt by all who meet him

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Origin and Etymology of beneficence

Latin beneficentia, from beneficus — see benefice



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