From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwell-meaningˌwell-ˈmeaning adjective INTENDintending to be helpful, but not succeeding A lot of problems can be caused by well-meaning friends. He’s very well-meaning, but he doesn’t really understand what’s going on.
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well-meaningIt was fun being whisked to Plymouth, though she hadn't much in common with this well-meaning but heavy family.And what would be the fate of these creatures once they were sold to well-meaning but probably ignorant people?It was a well-meaning effort to help the poor.This well-meaning law will have little effect on the type of owner at whom it is primarily aimed.Alas, even the most well-meaning opera buffs have an unfortunate habit of making their favorite indoor sport sound impossibly complicated.Even well-meaning parents cannot protect their children from everything.In convulsed countries around the world, too much food donated by well-meaning people feeds murderous gunmen instead of needy families.There are a lot of well-meaning people in this who worship Ross Perot.Well-meaning relatives gave me all kinds of advice.In her well-meaning way, she always put the best face on everything, whether it was true or not.Yet the whole magazine is like this, an expensive, well-meaning, worthless blast of hot air.