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adj (well meaning when postpositive)
having or indicating good or benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results
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.
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|Adj.||1.||well-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"