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

n the quality of being kind or helpful or generous

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

n doing good; feeling beneficent

doing or causing evil
Type of:
disposition to do good

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