well-meaning

adjective well-mean·ing \ ˈwel-ˈmē-niŋ \

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


WELL-MEANING Defined for English Language Learners

well-meaning

adjective

Definition of well-meaning for English Language Learners

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



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