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

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Origin and Etymology of beneficence

Latin beneficentia, from beneficus —see benefice



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