beneficence

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

Definition of beneficence

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of doing or producing good :  the quality or state of being beneficent admired for her beneficence

  2. 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>

Origin and Etymology of beneficence

Latin beneficentia, from beneficus —see benefice


First Known Use: 15th century



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