well-intentioned

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well-intentioned

[wel-in-ten-shuhnd]
adjective

Origin:
1590–1600

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well-intentioned
 
adj
having or indicating benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results

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well-intentioned
1598, from well (adv.) + intentioned (see intend).
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Example sentences
And missionaries, while often well-intentioned, tried to stamp out native
  customs and beliefs.
Too many well-intentioned people bring a new dog into their homes expecting
  that the dog will figure it all out on its own.
We are doing so much to promote longevity of dangerous, damaging, and
  anti-fitness genes with our well-intentioned interventions.
In fact, no continent has a worse record of human ecological devastation, some
  of it even well-intentioned.
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