beneficent

adjective be·nef·i·cent \ -sənt \
Updated on: 4 Apr 2018

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

beneficently

adverb

Examples of beneficent in a Sentence

  1. a humane and beneficent policy

  2. a beneficent couple who are regular volunteers at a homeless shelter

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Origin and Etymology of beneficent

back-formation from beneficence


BENEFICENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of beneficent for English Language Learners

  • : doing or producing good



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