Good-natured Good`-na"tured, a. Naturally mild in temper; not easily provoked; amiable; cheerful; not taking offense easily; as, too good-natured to resent a little criticism; the good-natured policeman on our block; the sounds of good-natured play. Opposite of {ill-natured}. [Narrower terms: {equable, even-tempered, good-tempered, placid ] Also See: {kind}, {pleasant}, {agreeable}, {good-natured}, {pleasing}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. to one's own liking or feelings or nature; pleasing; -- of people. Opposite of {disagreeable}.

Syn: agreeable, pleasing. [WordNet 1.5]

Syn: {Good-natured}, {Good-tempered}, {Good-humored}.

Usage: Good-natured denotes a disposition to please and be pleased. Good-tempered denotes a habit of mind which is not easily ruffled by provocations or other disturbing influences. Good-humored is applied to a spirit full of ease and cheerfulness, as displayed in one's outward deportment and in social intercourse. A good-natured man recommends himself to all by the spirit which governs him. A good-humored man recommends himself particularly as a companion. A good-tempered man is rarely betrayed into anything which can disturb the serenity of the social circle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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