Meaning of “benevolent” in the English Dictionary

"benevolent" in British English

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benevolentadjective

uk /bəˈnev.əl.ənt/ us /bəˈnev.əl.ənt/

kind and helpful:

He was a benevolent old man and wouldn't hurt a fly.
benevolence
noun [ U ] uk /bəˈnev.əl.əns/ us /bəˈnev.əl.əns/
benevolently
adverb uk /bəˈnev.əl.ənt.li/ us /bəˈnev.əl.ənt.li/

She smiled benevolently at me.

(Definition of “benevolent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"benevolent" in American English

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benevolentadjective

us /bəˈnev·ə·lənt/

kind and helpful:

I grew up happily under the benevolent influence of my Uncle Walt.
benevolence
noun [ U ] us /bəˈnev·ə·ləns/

(Definition of “benevolent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)