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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel mee-ning]
    • /wɛl ˈmi nɪŋ/
    • /wel ˈmiːnɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel mee-ning]
    • /wɛl ˈmi nɪŋ/

Definitions of well-meaning word

  • adjective well-meaning meaning or intending well; having good intentions: a well-meaning but tactless person. 1
  • adjective well-meaning Also, well-meant [wel-ment] /ˈwɛlˈmɛnt/ (Show IPA). proceeding from good intentions: Her well-meaning words were received in silence. 1
  • adjective well-meaning having good intentions 1
  • adjective well-meaning If you say that a person or their actions are well-meaning, you mean that they intend to be helpful or kind but they are unsuccessful or cause problems. 0
  • adjective well-meaning having or indicating good or benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results 0
  • adjective well-meaning having good or kindly intentions 0

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Origin of well-meaning

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400

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Parts of speech for Well-meaning


well-meaning popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for well-meaning

adjective well-meaning

  • goodhearted — Kind, generous and altruistic.
  • worthy — having adequate or great merit, character, or value: a worthy successor.

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