be·​nef·​i·​cence | \ bə-ˈne-fə-sən(t)s How to pronounce beneficence (audio) \

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

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Examples of beneficence in a Sentence

the town library stays open primarily through beneficences from concerned residents a religious leader whose beneficence is felt by all who meet him
Recent Examples on the Web That is, the nonprofit organization raises its brand status by associating with a strong bank brand, and the bank’s beneficence earns it the trust and appreciation of the community. Jeff Bradford, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Developers can't build an algorithm with empathy, beneficence, intuition and the art of listening. Adam Saltman, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Modern bioethics rests on four basic principles to determine whether a procedure is ethical: autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 20 Jan. 2022 In the power dynamic between patients and physicians, patients historically have not held authority but relied on the beneficence of their clinicians to ensure their needs are met. Lisa I. Iezzoni, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 Sondheim tells Larson that his work is actually pretty good, despite his doubters, and his beneficence hangs over the movie, held up as an example of a previous generation supporting the next. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 For her part, though, Jones has compared the creation of the monument to other federal policies that, while meant to express beneficence, had a profound adverse effect on her life. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 Medieval and Renaissance painters depicted unicorns nestled in the Virgin Mary’s lap — a symbol of purity and beneficence. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Over the ensuing years, Arlo perfects the art of showing up and vanishing without warning—subtly mirroring his father’s behavior toward him, down to his sporadic financial beneficence. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, 16 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of beneficence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beneficence

Latin beneficentia, from beneficus — see benefice

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“Beneficence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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