Well-intentioned Well`-in*ten"tioned, a. Having upright intentions or honorable purposes. [1913 Webster]

Dutchmen who had sold themselves to France, as the wellintentioned party. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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  • well-intentioned — adjective marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results a well intentioned but clumsy waiter a well meaning but tactless fellow the son s well meaning efforts threw a singular chill upon the father s admirers S.W.Maughm… …   Useful english dictionary

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