doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits; kindly in action or purpose.

1610–20; benefic(ence) + -ent

beneficently, adverb
nonbeneficent, adjective
nonbeneficently, adverb
unbeneficent, adjective
unbeneficently, adverb

1. beneficent, beneficial, benevolent ; 2. beneficent, munificent. Unabridged
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beneficent (bɪˈnɛfɪsənt)
charitable; generous
[C17: from Latin beneficent-, from beneficus; see benefice]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, "doing good, charitable," from L. beneficentior, comp. of beneficus "generous, kind" (see benefice).
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Example sentences
They should rather be regarded in the light of boons presented by beneficent
  nature, for with meat came tooth-picks.
For those in a beneficent mood, the centre is also accepting donations.
He will be on again soon to talk about those usually beneficent bacteria.
It exalts and purifies the beholder, and exerts a moral influence in every way
  salutary and beneficent.
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