benevolence

The doing of a kind or helpful action towards another, under no obligation except an ethical one. The love of humanity; the desire to promote its prosperity or happiness. The term includes acts of wellwishing towards others, for the promotion of general happiness, and plans actuated by love of others and a desire for their well-being. In re Peabody's Estate, 124 Misc. 338, 208 N.Y.S. 664, 671.
Also beneficent; doing well.
It is a broader term than "charity" which it includes, and with which it is frequently used synonymously. "Charity" in its legal sense implies giving without consideration or expectation of return, and "benevolence" applies to any act which is prompted by or has for its object the well-being of others. State v. Texas Mut. Life Ins. Co. of Texas, Tex.Civ.App., 51 S.W.2d 405, 410.
See also benevolent

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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