well-meaning [wel-mee-ning] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- meaning or intending well; having good intentions: a well-meaning but tactless person.
- 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.
December 21, 2014
All of this makes even the most well-meaning junior soldier more confused and more uptight.
Aaron B. O’Connell
June 27, 2014
Exploitation from well-meaning agencies whose mission is to offer help is counterproductive.
June 12, 2014
And yet even for the most well-meaning parent, there are no guarantees.
June 9, 2014
The authors of the top 50 list explain how a well-meaning idea got out of control.
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.
James Fenimore Cooper
My name, translated, means gracious or kindly or well-meaning.
Philip Jos Farmer
He was a man of good standing, well-meaning, and honest in his intentions.
She was a hard-working, honest, and well-meaning soul, but she was not her husband’s equal.
L. T. Meade
But Charles, in spite of his hypocritical character, was a well-meaning boy.
British Dictionary definitions for well-meaning well-meaning adjective (well meaning when postpositive)
- having or indicating good or benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results