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[goo d-wil] /ˈgʊdˈwɪl/
friendly disposition; benevolence; kindness.
cheerful acquiescence or consent.
Commerce. an intangible, salable asset arising from the reputation of a business and its relations with its customers, distinct from the value of its stock and other tangible assets.
Also, good will.
Origin of goodwill
before 900; Middle English; Old English gōd willa. See good, will2
1. friendliness. See favor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for good will
  • The work of this committee cannot simply rely on good will and the funding of individual participants on the long-term.
  • Honesty and good will can not triumph short-term in such a match-up.
  • What good will it do to educate them in modern ways, they have no need for that.
  • But the agreements were vague, relying more on good will than on concrete obligations.
  • The judiciary is independent, but the government has the good will to help these people.
  • It's that magical season when lights twinkle and good will abounds.
  • Otherwise, those trustees who want to do good will be blocked by those who merely want to do business.
  • Our success depends on the good will of our disciplinary peers.
  • While those authors praise the exemplary good will and collegiality that went into the report, they express three strong caveats.
  • Humans are pretty good at using context to decipher typos, though the annoyance quickly drains one's good will toward the author.
British Dictionary definitions for good will


a feeling of benevolence, approval, and kindly interest
(modifier) resulting from, showing, or designed to show goodwill: the government sent a goodwill mission to Moscow, a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF
willingness or acquiescence
(accounting) an intangible asset taken into account in assessing the value of an enterprise and reflecting its commercial reputation, customer connections, etc
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Word Origin and History for good will

Old English godes willan "virtuous, pious, upright," also "state of wishing well to another." One-word form goodwill (18c.) is used especially in commercial senses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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