Definition of goodness
1 : the quality or state of being good
2 —used interjectionally or in phrases especially to express mild surprise or shock oh, my goodness ! goodness knows
3 : the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something
Examples of goodness in a Sentence
Even if you don't agree, at least have the goodness to be polite!
a person of such unaffected goodness that his friends were inspired to lead better lives
Recent Examples of goodness from the Web
No one thinks developers are doing these things out of the goodness of their hearts.
But in this genre, that rising above always signals the growth and goodness of the narrator.
What about after eating a nutritious meal full of goodness?
All the moisture has been sucked out, but all the flavorful strawberry goodness remains.
Grab a spoon and dig in to the nostalgic and hearty comfort-food goodness.
Thank goodness I was brought up with the grounding of my parents, and taught manners.
EMAIL ME Gone are the days of funky pop goodness from Seventeen -- at least with their most recent EP Al1.
Yellow band wearers might be responsible for the timely dispensation of alcohol negating measures, such as periodically running through the crowds with fattening snacks, high protein, low carby goodness.
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Before 12th Century
First Known Use of goodness
before 12th century
GOODNESS Defined for Kids
Definition of goodness for Students
1 : the quality or state of being good Vegetables have natural goodness.
2 : excellence of morals and behavior My grandparents Hiddle were … full up to the tops of their heads with goodness and sweetness … — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
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