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[buh-nef-uh-suh ns] /bəˈnɛf ə səns/
the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.
a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.
Origin of beneficence
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin beneficentia; see benefic, -ence
Related forms
nonbeneficence, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The old days of corporate beneficence and loyalty to longtime employees are long gone.
  • Our constitutional protections are not dependent on the beneficence of our rulers.
  • Weiss's beneficence emphasized Cornell's human resources rather than brick-and-mortar assets.
  • beneficence and courage require far more humanity than raw might.
British Dictionary definitions for beneficence


the act of doing good; kindness
a charitable act or gift
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Word Origin and History for beneficence

"quality of being beneficent, kind, charitable," mid-15c., from Latin beneficentia "kindness, generosity," a back-formation from beneficentior (see beneficent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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