If you show someone kindness or generosity, that’s beneficence like when you shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk or mowing the lawn just to help out, no strings attached.

Beneficence comes from the Latin word benefactum, meaning “good deed.” That’s exactly what beneficence is — helping someone just because you care, not because you want to be praised for being nice. Giving your time, skills, or even a donation of money or items shows beneficence. This word can also describe the character of a person who is helpful, caring, and compassionate.

Definitions of beneficence
  1. noun

    the quality of being kind or helpful or generous

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    balefulness, maleficence, mischief

    the quality or nature of being harmful or evil

    free grace, grace, grace of God

    (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God
    type of:

    good, goodness

    moral excellence or admirableness

  2. noun

    doing good; feeling beneficent

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    doing or causing evil
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    disposition to do good

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