well-meaning


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well-mean·ing

(wĕl′mē′nĭng)
adj.
Well-intentioned.
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well-meaning

adj (well meaning when postpositive)
having or indicating good or benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results
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well′-mean′ing



adj.
1. meaning or intending well; having good intentions: a well-meaning but tactless person.
2. Also, well′-meant′. proceeding from good intentions: well-meaning words.
[1350–1400]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.well-meaning - not unfriendly or threateningwell-meaning - not unfriendly or threatening; "her well-meaning words were received in silence"; "the exasperation of a...well-meaning cow worried by dogs"
amicable - characterized by friendship and good will
2.well-meaning - 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; "blunt but well-meant criticism"
intended - resulting from one's intentions; "your intended trip abroad"; "an intended insult"
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Translations

well-meaning

[ˌwelˈmiːnɪŋ] ADJbienintencionado
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well-meaning

[ˌwɛlˈmiːnɪŋ] adj (person) → spinto/a da buone intenzioni
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