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Definition of benevolent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    benevolent

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//bəˈnɛvələnt//
     
     
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  1. 1(formal) (especially of people in authority) kind, helpful, and generous a benevolent smile/attitude belief in the existence of a benevolent god a benevolent dictatorship opposite malevolent
  2. 2used in the names of some organizations that give help and money to people in need the Police Benevolent Association
benevolence
 
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NAmE//bəˈnɛvələns//
 
noun [uncountable]
benevolently
 
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adverb smiling benevolently
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: benevolent