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beneficence

[buh-nef-uh-suh ns] /bəˈnɛf ə səns/
noun
1.
the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity.
2.
a beneficent act or gift; benefaction.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin beneficentia; see benefic, -ence
Related forms
nonbeneficence, noun
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beneficence

n.

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

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