(well meant when postpositive)arising from good or benevolent intentions, usually with unfortunate results ⇒ Any decision taken by them now, however well meant, could complicate the peace process., ⇒ a well-meant experiment gone wrong
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A well-meant decision, action, or comment is intended to be helpful or kind but is unsuccessful or causes problems. ⇒ Any decision taken by them now, however well-meant, could complicate the peace process. ⇒ ...a well-meant experiment gone wrong.
I ducked into the hedge - the last thing I wanted was some party-leaver taking pity on me and pouring well-meant sympathy all over me.Harris, Elizabeth TIME OF THE WOLFWhen she heard the well-meant advice for the third time she felt only a dumb anger.Haines, Pamela THE GOLDEN LIONShe looked down at the basket at her feet and suddenly saw how her well-meant gesturemight be interpreted.Thomas, Rosie THE WHITE DOVE