well-meant
adjective Date: 15th century well-meaning 2

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • well-meant — adj something you say or do that is well meant is intended to be helpful, but does not have the result you intended ▪ His comments were well meant but a little tactless …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • well-meant — (wĕlʹmĕntʹ) adj. Kindly or honestly intended: well meant admonitions. * * * …   Universalium

  • well-meant — index benevolent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • well-meant — also well meant ADJ GRADED A well meant decision, action, or comment is intended to be helpful or kind but is unsuccessful or causes problems. Any decision taken by them now, however well meant, could complicate the peace process. ...a well meant …   English dictionary

  • well-meant — adjective something you say or do that is well meant is intended to be helpful, but does not have the result you intended: His comments were well meant but a little tactless. see also: he/she means well mean 1 (16) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • well-meant — UK [ˌwel ˈment] / US adjective words or actions that are well meant are intended to be helpful but are often harmful or not sensible Well meant advice can be more annoying than helpful …   English dictionary

  • well-meant — adjective marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results a well intentioned but clumsy waiter a well meaning but tactless fellow the son s well meaning efforts threw a singular chill upon the father s admirers S.W.Maughm… …   Useful english dictionary

  • well-meant — /ˈwɛl mɛnt/ (say wel ment) adjective → well meaning (def. 2). Also, (especially in predicative use), well meant /wɛl ˈmɛnt/ (say wel ment) …   Australian English dictionary

  • well meant — see well meant …   English dictionary

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