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benevolent

adjective uk   /bɪˈnev.əl.ənt/ us  
kind and helpful: He was a benevolent old man and wouldn't hurt a fly.
benevolence
noun [U] uk   /-əns/ us  
benevolently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She smiled benevolently at me.
Translations of “benevolent”
in Chinese (Traditional) 仁慈的,慈善的…
in Russian доброжелательный…
in Turkish iyiliksever, cömert, hayırsever…
in Chinese (Simplified) 仁慈的,慈善的…
in Polish życzliwy…
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