Definition of beneficent
1 : doing or producing good a beneficent policy; especially : performing acts of kindness and charity a beneficent leader
2 : beneficial beneficent bacteria
Examples of beneficent in a Sentence
a humane and beneficent policy
a beneficent couple who are regular volunteers at a homeless shelter
Recent Examples of beneficent from the Web
Under the beneficent interrogation of host Alex Trebek, nervous middle schoolers point to obscure corners of the globe, as their even more nervous parents watch.
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Origin and Etymology of beneficent
back-formation from beneficence
First Known Use: circa 1616
BENEFICENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beneficent for English Language Learners
: doing or producing good
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