well-meaning

adjective
well-mean·​ing | \ ˈwel-ˈmē-niŋ How to pronounce well-meaning (audio) \

Definition of well-meaning

1 : having good intentions well-meaning but misguided idealists
2 : based on good intentions well-meaning advice

First Known Use of well-meaning

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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well-meaning

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of well-meaning

: having or showing a desire to do something good but often producing bad results

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