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1. Characterized by or performing acts of kindness or charity.
2. Producing benefit; beneficial.
[Probably from beneficence, on the model of such pairs as benevolent, benevolence.]
[C17: from Latin beneficent-, from beneficus; see benefice]
be•nef•i•cent(bəˈnɛf ə sənt)
1. doing good or causing good to be done; charitable.
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|Adj.||1.||beneficent - doing or producing good; "the most beneficent regime in history"|
kind - having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect
|2.||beneficent - generous in assistance to the poor; "a benevolent contributor"; "eleemosynary relief"; "philanthropic contributions"|
charitable - full of love and generosity; "charitable to the poor"; "a charitable trust"