Definition of well meaning in English:

well meaning

(also well meant)


  • Well intentioned.

    ‘well-meaning friends’
    • ‘But as the series developed, so did the character, becoming by the end a man deeply troubled by the unintended tragedies sometimes brought about by his well-meant intervention, whose sleuthing becomes a social duty.’
    • ‘I like Jack Murtha's comments because I thought they were serious and well-meant and thought through.’
    • ‘Why do people react to well-meant attention in such an ungrateful manner?’
    • ‘This interpretation, well-meaning though it is, does not find much support in the text of ‘Out of Ireland’.’
    • ‘Back at the Central Academy, the path of international understanding is paved with well-meant misunderstandings.’
    • ‘Service was very well-meaning, even though it was a little fussy at some points and a little lost at others.’
    • ‘The only signs of life were the shiny tiles of the driveway, washed daily by well-meaning neighbors.’
    • ‘I too have well-meaning friends who concern themselves with what I eat or don't eat.’
    • ‘You have guests staying: nice, kind, ingenuous and well-meaning people, who are also rather boring.’
    • ‘He was a liberal-minded and well-meaning man, with severe limitations as an artist.’
    • ‘Since those two entries, particularly the latter one, I've received some comments - emailed and even spoken, and almost all of them well-meant - expressing concern about my temper.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the type of neighbour who keeps a large, angry Alsatian in a minuscule 11th-floor flat is unlikely to look kindly on your well-meant tips about animal welfare.’
    • ‘At first I thought the gift was very thoughtful and well-meant.’
    • ‘The service is well-meaning, gentle and friendly, but not completely polished.’
    kindly, good-natured, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, warm-hearted, soft-hearted, good-hearted, tender, caring, feeling, affectionate, loving, warm, gentle, mellow, mild
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