Beneficent Be*nef`i*cent, a. Doing or producing good; performing acts of kindness and charity; characterized by beneficence. [1913 Webster]

The beneficent fruits of Christianity. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Benevolent}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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