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1. characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.
2. desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent alumni.
3. intended for benefits rather than profit: a benevolent institution.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.