well-intentioned [wel-in-ten-shuh nd] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for well-intentioned on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. well-meaning.

Origin of well-intentioned First recorded in 1590–1600 Related Words for well-intentioned gullible, ignorant, innocuous, childlike, wide-eyed, open-minded, receptive, amenable, encouraging, appreciative, responsive, sympathetic, positive, benign, agreeable, supportive, square, simple, frank, safe Examples from the Web for well-intentioned Contemporary Examples of well-intentioned

  • What you see is a massive, well-intentioned, legal junk pile.

    Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans

    Philip K. Howard

    December 27, 2014

  • This was not a musical performance, per se, but you bet your ass this was a “performance”—albeit a well-intentioned and noble one.

    Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments

    Kevin Fallon

    August 25, 2014

  • And as with all cheerful, well-intentioned memes, the Challenge has provoked some good old-fashioned political trolling.

    Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Political Trolling

    Asawin Suebsaeng

    August 21, 2014

  • Unfortunately, this can result in sending a well-intentioned but perilous message.

    ‘Genie, You’re Free’: Suicide Is Not Liberation

    Russell Saunders

    August 12, 2014

  • To his credit, the well-intentioned pup responds to her cries by burying the kid in toys.

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    Jack Holmes

    July 27, 2014

  • Historical Examples of well-intentioned

  • As we do, we must not repeat the well-intentioned errors of our past.

    United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches


  • He was not a clever boy, but nothing could exceed his well-intentioned industry.

    St. Winifred’s

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • Understand, they were well-intentioned and enterprising fellows.

    Change in the Village

    (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt

  • Such men, well-intentioned though they might be, were hindrances to progress.

    A Far Country, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • But our well-intentioned mistake was not a sin and we have no need of a scape-goat.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-intentioned well-intentioned adjective (well intentioned when postpositive)

    1. having or indicating benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results

    Word Origin and History for well-intentioned adj.

    1590s, from well (adv.) + intentioned (see intention).

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