the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.
a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin beneficentia; see benefic, -ence

nonbeneficence, noun Unabridged
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beneficence (bɪˈnɛfɪsəns)
1.  the act of doing good; kindness
2.  a charitable act or gift

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Word Origin & History

"quality of being beneficent, kind, charitable," 1610s, from L. beneficentia "kindness, generosity," a back-formation from beneficentior (see beneficent).
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Example sentences
When those who have such power are also convinced of the wisdom and beneficence
  of their views, then freedom is in danger.
It's a twisted, misinformed, warped kind of beneficence.
In Britain, as in most democracies, there is now less faith in the beneficence
  of government.
Stop painting with such broad strokes and the belief in the beneficence of
  science is so 19th century.
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