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[wel-in-ten-shuh nd] /ˈwɛl ɪnˈtɛn ʃənd/
Origin of well-intentioned
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • Health care facilities are filled with many well-intentioned individuals, but many lack these same resources.
  • So the standard advice about tailoring application letters, while well-intentioned, turns out to be almost impossible to follow.
  • All too often, the concern about a major's practical prospects are pushed upon students by well-intentioned parents.
  • The egos of thousands of well-intentioned but fashion- and body-challenged professors are in your hands.
  • The question seems well-intentioned and comes with advice to consider how life in graduate school will affect your marriage.
  • Tax cuts, even if well-intentioned, seem always to further enrich the enriched and deplete our national coffers.
British Dictionary definitions for well-intentioned


adjective (well intentioned when postpositive)
having or indicating benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-intentioned

1590s, from well (adv.) + intentioned (see intention).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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