One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or fact of leading a good life, especially with respect to moral virtue.
Designating a person who leads a virtuous or (in later use) comfortable life. Also as noun (chiefly with the and plural concord): such people as a class.
Late Middle English. From well + living. Compare earlier well-living<br>Old English; earliest use found in King Alfred (c848–899), king of the West Saxons and of the Anglo-Saxons. From well + living.
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