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Definition of Benevolent


  1. Having a disposition to do good; possessing or manifesting love to mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; disposed to give to good objects; kind; charitable.

Benevolent Quotations

A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame.
Sun Tzu

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
Thomas Jefferson

It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.

Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous, without being selfless.
Mortimer Adler

To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.
Adam Smith
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Benevolent Translations

benevolent in German is wohlwollend
benevolent in Norwegian is velvillig
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