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1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
accommodating, advantageous, affable, agreeable, almsgiving, altruistic, amiable, amicable, auspicious, beneficent, beneficial, benign, benignant, big, bighearted, bon, bonny, braw, bueno, capital, caring, charitable, chivalrous, cogent, commendable, compassionate, complaisant, compliant, conciliatory, considerate, cooperative, decent, eleemosynary, elegant, estimable, excellent, expedient, fair, famous, favorable, fine, forbearing, forgiving, freehearted, friendly, generous, good, goodly, gracious, grand, greathearted, healthy, helpful, humane, humanitarian, indulgent, kind, kindly, kindly-disposed, largehearted, laudable, liberal, lofty, long-suffering, longanimous, magnanimous, neighborly, nice, noble, obliging, open-handed, openhanded, overindulgent, overpermissive, patient, permissive, philanthropic, placable, pleasant, profitable, propitious, public-spirited, regal, royal, salutary, skillful, sound, sparing, splendid, sympathetic, tenderhearted, thoughtful, tolerant, unresentful, unrevengeful, useful, valid, very good, virtuous, warm-hearted, welfare, welfare statist, welfarist, well-affected, well-disposed, well-intentioned, well-meaning, well-meant
Dictionary Results for benevolent:
1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
benevolent
    adj 1: intending or showing kindness; "a benevolent society"
    2: showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and
       generosity; "was charitable in his opinions of others";
       "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a
       large-hearted mentor" [syn: charitable, benevolent,
       kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted,
       large-hearted]
    3: generous in providing aid to others [syn: benevolent,
       freehearted]
    4: generous in assistance to the poor; "a benevolent
       contributor"; "eleemosynary relief"; "philanthropic
       contributions" [syn: beneficent, benevolent,
       eleemosynary, philanthropic]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Benevolent \Be*nev"o*lent\, a. [L. benevolens, -entis; bene well
   (adv. of bonus good) + volens, p. pr. of volo I will, I wish.
   See Bounty, and Voluntary.]
   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. -- Be*nev"o*lent*ly, adv.
   [1913 Webster]

   Syn: Benevolent, Beneficent.

   Usage: Etymologically considered, benevolent implies wishing
          well to others, and beneficent, doing well. But by
          degrees the word benevolent has been widened to
          include not only feelings, but actions; thus, we speak
          of benevolent operations, benevolent labors for the
          public good, benevolent societies. In like manner,
          beneficent is now often applied to feelings; thus, we
          speak of the beneficent intentions of a donor. This
          extension of the terms enables us to mark nicer shades
          of meaning. Thus, the phrase "benevolent labors" turns
          attention to the source of these labors, viz.,
          benevolent feeling; while beneficent would simply mark
          them as productive of good. So, "beneficent
          intentions" point to the feelings of the donor as bent
          upon some specific good act; while "benevolent
          intentions" would only denote a general wish and
          design to do good.
          [1913 Webster]

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