mean well


: to want to do good or helpful things : to have good intentions
He means well, but he's not really helping anyone.

Examples of mean well in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Therefore, all communication is warfare, even if both parties mean well and intend peace, because there’s no way to verify the genuineness of good intentions and because all communication contains reliable information about respective capabilities and degree of technological advancement. Nan Z. Da, Vulture, 3 Apr. 2024 Caring colleagues might mean well, but your taking on new and more projects is none of their concern. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 11 May 2024 Some will be worried, some helpful, and some people will mean well but be downright annoying. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, 10 May 2024 Some will be worried, some helpful, and some people will mean well, but be downright annoying. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2024 Pisces February 19 – March 20 Others may mean well, but the road paved with good intentions isn’t a good path right now., Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 Hélène finds the awkward response of her social circle unendurable; people mean well, but are terrified of saying the wrong thing. Catherine Bray, Variety, 4 Oct. 2023 Google does mean well by favoring longer, keyword-rich posts, videos, and studio-quality photography in its algorithm. Peggy Paul Casella, WIRED, 2 July 2023 Awkward situations create awkwardness, and generally people mean well. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 7 June 2023

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“Mean well.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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