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[wel-mee-ning] /ˈwɛlˈmi nɪŋ/
meaning or intending well; having good intentions:
a well-meaning but tactless person.
Also, well-meant
[wel-ment] /ˈwɛlˈmɛnt/ (Show IPA)
. proceeding from good intentions:
Her well-meaning words were received in silence.
Origin of well-meaning
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for well-meaning
  • Yet this well-meaning little sonneteer sincerely felt that his verses were issued in the cause of humanity.
  • There are well-meaning philosophers who declaim against the unrighteousness of war.
  • Even a well-meaning stranger, misjudging age or appearance, can step on mines.
  • well-meaning family members and friends have only given him more cars, wanting to please him.
  • He has deceived even the well-meaning in the sciences.
  • Some well-meaning providers seemed to find ways to subtly blame me for what had occurred.
  • well-meaning, but perhaps as misguided as our disasters.
  • The alternative version paints her as a dupe-someone whose well-meaning efforts have only poured fuel on the fire.
  • And if that is the case for the well-meaning fellow, having been advised that he has caused harm, he should apologize.
  • It was a reasonable request made by well-meaning parents.
British Dictionary definitions for well-meaning


adjective (well meaning when postpositive)
having or indicating good or benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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