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English definition of “well-meaning”


adjective     /ˌwelˈmiːnɪŋ/
trying to be helpful and kind but not improving a situation: well-meaning friendsKind and thoughtful
(Definition of well-meaning adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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