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beneficent

[buh-nef-uh-suh nt] /bəˈnɛf ə sənt/
adjective
1.
doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits; kindly in action or purpose.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; benefic(ence) + -ent
Related forms
beneficently, adverb
nonbeneficent, adjective
nonbeneficently, adverb
unbeneficent, adjective
unbeneficently, adverb
Can be confused
beneficent, beneficial, benevolent.
beneficent, munificent.
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beneficent

/bɪˈnɛfɪsənt/
adjective
1.
charitable; generous
Derived Forms
beneficently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin beneficent-, from beneficus; see benefice
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Word Origin and History for unbeneficent

beneficent

adj.

1610s, "doing good, charitable," probably from beneficent on model of magnificent, etc.

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