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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

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

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

The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.
William McKinley

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.

I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
Richard Branson
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Benevolent Translations

benevolent in German is wohlwollend
benevolent in Norwegian is velvillig
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