ETYM Latin benevolens, -entis; bene well (adv. of bonus good) + volens, p. pr. of volo I will, I wish. Related to Bounty, and Voluntary.
1. Generous in providing aid to others; SYN. freehearted.
2. Having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others; SYN. good.
3. Intending or showing kindness.