well-meaning


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well-mean·ing

(wĕl′mē′nĭng)
adj.
Well-intentioned.

well-meaning

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

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]
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"
Translations

well-meaning

[ˌwelˈmiːnɪŋ] ADJbienintencionado

well-meaning

[ˌwɛlˈmiːnɪŋ] adj (person) → spinto/a da buone intenzioni
References in classic literature ?
To all appearance, they were a quiet, honest, well-meaning race of people, cherishing no malice against individuals or the public for the wrong which had been done them; or if, at their own fireside, they transmitted from father to child any hostile recollection of the wizard's fate and their lost patrimony, it was never acted upon, nor openly expressed.
And they are also setting up false charity clothes banks to bring in donations banks to bring in donations FROM well-meaning FROM well-meaning members of the public.
The fact that his message largely runs counter to the teachings of the Church appears to be lost on senior school administrators, most trustees and the vast majority of well-meaning volunteers within the Catholic school system.
First was the terrible Incendiary, next came the barelyseen Shoot On Sight and now we have this well-meaning but high-handed drama looking at the victims' families.
It's hard to argue with the well-meaning French import "Days of Glory" as a piece of advocacy filmmaking.
Signorile may not appreciate the importance and practice of faith by many well-meaning people in our country, including many GLBT people, but he should stay out of the way and let the GLBT-affirming people who do offer their best witness for faith and justice build relationships that will deepen understanding, and he should quit throwing antagonistic stones from the sidelines.
Two unusual events, however, have positive life-altering consequences: he begins to give cello lessons to a young Korean boy whose natural talents and single-mindedly aggressive but well-meaning mother mirror and force him to confront the elements that shaped his own unnatural childhood; and, he is selected to sit as a juror on a homicide case in which there's an insanity defense.
Well-meaning American university students regularly campaign against sweatshops.
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Hwang Soosuk, the South Korean veterinarian who allegedly cloned an embryo but who was later revealed to be a fraud), while its less shady cousin, adult stem-cell research, gets relatively so little attention, is that the inflated promises that have been made by scientists in this field tend to attract well-meaning philanthropists as well as some very inflated egos ("Cloning Scandal Exposes Fraudulent Embryonic Stem-cell Research," January 23).
The problem is, some well-meaning operator steps on the canister while doing checks and services.
Parents everywhere are sure to see their own experiences reflected in the good-natured humor of the stay-at-home "I prefer to think of it as twenty-five years of maternity leave" mother and well-meaning father with noticeably less stamina around babies at maximum volume ("How come when you look after the kids it's 'parenting' but when I look after the kids it's 'not working'?