one of the four principles of medical ethics: the duty to do good. The obligation to act in their patients' best interests at all times is recognized in the Hippocratic oath that doctors may choose to take when they graduate from medical school.

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  • Beneficence — Be*nef i*cence, n. [L. beneficentia, fr. beneficus: cf. F. b[ e]n[ e]ficence. See {Benefice}.] The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity; bounty springing from purity and goodness. [1913 Webster] And whose beneficence no… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beneficence — index benevolence (act of kindness), benevolence (disposition to do good), clemency, consideration (sympathetic regard), goodwill, humanity (humaneness) …   Law dictionary

  • beneficence — quality of being beneficent, kind, charitable, mid 15c., from L. beneficentia kindness, generosity, a back formation from beneficentior (see BENEFICENT (Cf. beneficent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • beneficence — [bə nef′ə səns] n. [ME < L beneficentia < benefacere: see BENEFACTION] 1. the fact or quality of being kind or doing good; charity 2. a charitable act or generous gift …   English World dictionary

  • Beneficence — Infobox University campus university = Ball State University color = #CC2233 name = Beneficence picture = Benificence.jpg pic caption = Beneficence and its collanade use = Statue style = Memorial erected = 1937 location = Old Quad campus = main… …   Wikipedia

  • bénéficence — (bé né fi san s ) s. f. Synonyme peu usité de bienfaisance. •   L autre, un peu plus fort, est un prix de bénéficence, J. J. ROUSS. Hél. VI, 10. HISTORIQUE    XVIe s. •   Ce sont erreurs qui esteignent toute beneficence, LA NOUE 174. ÉTYMOLOGIE… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • beneficence — Charity; good will; kindness. See contract of beneficence …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • beneficence — noun Etymology: Latin beneficentia, from beneficus Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being beneficent 2. benefaction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beneficence — /beuh nef euh seuhns/, n. 1. the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity. 2. a beneficent act or gift; benefaction. [1425 75; late ME < L beneficentia; see BENEFIC, ENCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • beneficence — noun An act of philanthropy, a kind deed; an act which benefits someone (else.) …   Wiktionary

  • beneficence — The ethical principle of doing good. [L. beneficentia, fr. bene, well, + facio, to do] …   Medical dictionary

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