well-meaning [wel-mee-ning] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. meaning or intending well; having good intentions: a well-meaning but tactless person.
  2. Also well-meant [wel-ment] /ˈwɛlˈmɛnt/. proceeding from good intentions: Her well-meaning words were received in silence.

Origin of well-meaning Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400 Examples from the Web for well-meaning Contemporary Examples of well-meaning

  • A lot of those people were well-meaning but really, really screwed up.

    A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth

    Arthur Chu

    December 21, 2014

  • All of this makes even the most well-meaning junior soldier more confused and more uptight.

    Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters

    Aaron B. O’Connell

    June 27, 2014

  • Exploitation from well-meaning agencies whose mission is to offer help is counterproductive.

    Breaking: Grindr-ing Leads to Gonorrhea

    Brandy Zadrozny

    June 12, 2014

  • And yet even for the most well-meaning parent, there are no guarantees.

    Why Parents Can Still End Up Lonely

    Keli Goff

    June 9, 2014

  • The authors of the top 50 list explain how a well-meaning idea got out of control.

    Why We’re Not Ranking Rabbis

    Gary Ginsberg, Michael Lynton, Abigail Pogrebin

    February 26, 2014

  • Historical Examples of well-meaning

  • Well-meaning men often do quite as much harm, in this world, as the evil-disposed.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • My name, translated, means gracious or kindly or well-meaning.

    They Twinkled Like Jewels

    Philip Jos Farmer

  • He was a man of good standing, well-meaning, and honest in his intentions.

    The Expressman and the Detective

    Allan Pinkerton

  • She was a hard-working, honest, and well-meaning soul, but she was not her husband’s equal.

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade

  • But Charles, in spite of his hypocritical character, was a well-meaning boy.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic

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

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

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