1. marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results
    a well-meaning but tactless fellow
    a well-intentioned but clumsy waiter
    the son's well-meaning efforts threw a singular chill upon the father's admirers
    blunt but well-meant criticism
  2. not unfriendly or threatening
    the exasperation of a...well-meaning cow worried by dogs
    her well-meaning words were received in silence
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How To Use well-meaning In A Sentence

  • The nave but essentially well-meaning Peter's interaction with his flawed clients formed the centre of the piece and much of the comedy sprung from the dynamic duologues.
  • The clouds have no notion of being caricatured, and the trees keep cautiously away from the brink of such streams -- save, perchance, now and then, here and there, a weak well-meaning willow -- a thing of shreds and patches -- its leafless wands covered with bits of old worsted stockings, crowns of hats, a bauchle Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2
  • well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity
  • The power of the book comes, though, from the poignant descriptions of the well-meaning but disconnected members and friends of the family.
  • Had a well-meaning stranger taken him into a family home, beseeching him to rest on a red ottoman ? SOMEWHERE EAST OF LIFE
  • Many households must be watching this series in horrified fascination as they see their well-meaning attempts at parenting lampooned with such merciless accuracy. Times, Sunday Times
  • In short, good intentions and well-meaning ideas only go so far. Christianity Today
  • He is a well-meaning but ineffectual leader.
  • What politician is going to call what the public perceives to be a well-meaning group of tragedy-stricken widows a gang of frauds and liars?
  • As with many of Paisley's characters he is a lovable rogue, thoughtless but not cruel, well-meaning but easily sidetracked, a boy whose threadbare background has spelt out a future of meagre options, many of them criminal.
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