be·​nef·​i·​cent | \ bə-ˈne-fə-sənt How to pronounce beneficent (audio) \

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

Other Words from beneficent

beneficently adverb

Examples of beneficent in a Sentence

a humane and beneficent policy a beneficent couple who are regular volunteers at a homeless shelter
Recent Examples on the Web To avoid scrutiny and having the face the court of public opinion, many organizations and institutions took pre-emptive measures that on the surface seemed beneficent. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 1 May 2022 This inevitably results in conflict with his cohorts, who don’t appreciate such beneficent actions as Wolf gently coaxing a frightened kitty down from a tree. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 There was a question about it every now and again, but Frank will be remembered as a beneficent champion of his native state, one who worked hard for the greater good. oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2022 Carmakers have noted their moves toward electrification, their commitments to sustainability during the manufacturing process, and their general insistence on beneficent environmental stewardship. Brett Berk, Outside Online, 19 Aug. 2021 Today’s Tiny Tims can’t rely on beneficent poltergeists to scare plutocrats straight. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 Moral perversion exists side by side in Shakespeare’s tragedy with beneficent strength. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 Whether donating seed money to an aspiring entrepreneur or inspiring women in Ghana to launch their own businesses, Gordon remains motivated by her grandmother’s beneficent legacy. Malina Saval, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 This beneficent district is traversed by Sun Tran buses, sprinkled with Tugo bikeshare stations, and bisected by the Sun Link streetcar. Jeff Mcmahon, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of beneficent

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beneficent

back-formation from beneficence

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9 May 2022

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“Beneficent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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