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goodwill

or good will

[goo d-wil] /ˈgʊdˈwɪl/
noun
1.
friendly disposition; benevolence; kindness.
2.
cheerful acquiescence or consent.
3.
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.
Origin of goodwill
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English gōd willa. See good, will2
Synonyms
1. friendliness. See favor.
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  • Come, said goodwill, and I will teach thee about the way thou must go.

    Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
  • Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, goodwill towards men.'

  • All that you so earnestly say about the goodwill and devotion of all engaged, I perceived and deeply felt last night.

  • Morley made it a point to win the affection and goodwill of his father-in-law.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Luckily I can take you to a pretty safe place, of which I have the key and custode's goodwill in my pocket.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for goodwill

goodwill

/ˌɡʊdˈwɪl/
noun
1.
a feeling of benevolence, approval, and kindly interest
2.
(modifier) resulting from, showing, or designed to show goodwill: the government sent a goodwill mission to Moscow, a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF
3.
willingness or acquiescence
4.
(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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