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BENEFICENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does beneficence mean? 

BENEFICENCE (noun)
  The noun BENEFICENCE has 2 senses:

1. doing good; feeling beneficent
2. the quality of being kind or helpful or generous

  Familiarity information: BENEFICENCE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BENEFICENCE (noun)


Sense 1beneficence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Doing good; feeling beneficent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("beneficence" is a kind of...):

benevolence (disposition to do good)

Antonym:

maleficence (doing or causing evil)


Sense 2beneficence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being kind or helpful or generous

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("beneficence" is a kind of...):

good; goodness (moral excellence or admirableness)

Attribute:

beneficent (doing or producing good)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "beneficence"):

free grace; grace; grace of God ((Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God)

Antonym:

maleficence (the quality or nature of being harmful or evil)


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