Nouns (8)

trade good, good, commodity
n. articles of commerce
goodness, good
n. moral excellence or admirableness; "there is much good to be found in people"
goodness, good
n. that which is pleasing or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"
good
n. benefit; "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying?"

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Adjectives (49)

good, beneficial
adj. promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her"
benevolent, good
adj. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity; "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"
near, good, dear
adj. with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
good
adj. thorough; "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning"
good
adj. generally admired; "good taste"
in force, in effect, good, effective
adj. exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)"
well, good
adj. resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well"
unspoilt, undecomposed, unspoiled, good
adj. not left to spoil; "the meat is still good"
honest, good
adj. not forged; "a good dollar bill"
good
adj. having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"
good
adj. morally admirable
salutary, good
adj. tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air"
serious, good
adj. appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book"
good
adj. agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good manners"
ripe, right, good
adj. most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes"
good
adj. capable of pleasing; "good looks"
respectable, honorable, good, estimable
adj. deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name"
upright, just, good
adj. of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"
secure, safe, good, dependable
adj. financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment"
good
adj. in excellent condition: "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"
good
adj. well above average in performance: "a good student"
good
adj. "I feel good"; "felt fine"
lucky, fortunate, good
adj. having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice"

Fuzzynyms (282)

thing
n. a separate and self-contained entity
item
n. a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection; "they reduced the price on many items"
inventory, stock
n. the merchandise that a shop has on hand; "they carried a vast inventory of hardware"; "they stopped selling in exact sizes in order to reduce inventory"
prop, property
n. any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie; "before every scene he ran down his checklist of props"
consignment, shipment, payload, loading, load, freight, lading, cargo
n. goods carried by a large vehicle
fitting
n. a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
excellence
n. the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
meritoriousness, deservingness, merit
n. the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
rectitude, uprightness
n. righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
free grace, grace of God, grace
n. (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God; "God's grace is manifested in the salvation of sinners"; "there but for the grace of God go I"
rightfulness, right
n. anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim"
integrity
n. moral soundness; "he expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business"; "they admired his scrupulous professional integrity"
probity
n. complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles; "in a world where financial probity may not be widespread"; "he enjoys an exaggerated reputation for probity"
decency
n. the quality of being polite and respectable
honestness, honesty
n. the quality of being honest
decency
n. the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
worth
n. the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
value
n. the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
fitting, adjustment, accommodation
n. making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
dirty money, swag, prize, plunder, pillage, booty, loot
n. goods or money obtained illegally
pureness, purity
n. being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material
accessible
adj. capable of being reached; "a town accessible by rail"
good, beneficial
adj. promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her"
propitious
adj. presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success; "propitious omens"; "propitious gales speeded us along"; "a propitious alignment of planets for space exploration"
favourable, prosperous, lucky, favorable, golden
adj. presaging or likely to bring good luck; "a favorable time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make a decision"
available
adj. obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service; "kept a fire extinguisher available"; "much information is available through computers"; "available in many colors"; "the list of available candidates is unusually long"
ready
adj. (of especially money) immediately available; "he seems to have ample ready money"; "a ready source of cash"
benignant, benign
adj. pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air"
scrupulous, painstaking, conscientious
adj. characterized by extreme care and great effort; "conscientious application to the work at hand"; "painstaking research"; "scrupulous attention to details"
contributive, contributing, tributary, contributory, conducive
adj. tending to bring about; being partly responsible for; "working conditions are not conducive to productivity"; "the seaport was a contributing factor in the growth of the city"; "a contributory factor"
nearby
adj. close at hand; "the nearby towns"; "concentrated his study on the nearby planet Venus"
congenial
adj. suitable to your needs; "a congenial atmosphere to work in"; "two congenial spirits united...by mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues"- T.L.Peacock
useful, positive
adj. characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
convenient
adj. suited to your comfort or purpose or needs; "a convenient excuse for not going"
handy
adj. easy to use; "a handy gadget"
incorruptible
adj. incapable of being morally corrupted; "incorruptible judges are the backbone of the society"
precise, exact, accurate
adj. (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct; "a precise image"; "a precise measurement"
considerate
adj. showing concern for the rights and feelings of others; "friends considerate enough to leave us alone"
believable, credible
adj. capable of being believed; "completely credible testimony"; "credible information"
conformable, amenable
adj. disposed or willing to comply; "someone amenable to persuasion"
trustworthy, true
adj. "I would be true for there are those who trust me"
desirable
adj. worth having or seeking or achieving; "a desirable job"; "computer with many desirable features"; "a desirable outcome"
estimable
adj. deserving of respect or high regard
estimable
adj. deserving of respect or high regard
admirable
adj. deserving of the highest esteem or admiration; "an estimable young professor"; "trains ran with admirable precision"; "his taste was impeccable, his health admirable"
admirable
adj. deserving of the highest esteem or admiration; "an estimable young professor"; "trains ran with admirable precision"; "his taste was impeccable, his health admirable"
admirable
adj. deserving of the highest esteem or admiration; "an estimable young professor"; "trains ran with admirable precision"; "his taste was impeccable, his health admirable"
flattering
adj. showing or representing to advantage; "a flattering color"
expedient
adj. serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
advantageous
adj. appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
fair-and-square
adj. just and honest
true
adj. devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth; "true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them"
favourable, favorable
adj. encouraging or approving or pleasing; "a favorable reply"; "he received a favorable rating"; "listened with a favorable ear"; "made a favorable impression"
favourable, favorable
adj. encouraging or approving or pleasing; "a favorable reply"; "he received a favorable rating"; "listened with a favorable ear"; "made a favorable impression"
friendly
adj. characteristic of or befitting a friend; "friendly advice"; "a friendly neighborhood"; "the only friendly person here"; "a friendly host and hostess"
generous
adj. willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation"
good
adj. having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"
angelical, sainted, saintly, saintlike, beatific, angelic
adj. marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint; "angelic beneficence"; "a beatific smile"; "a saintly concern for his fellow men"; "my sainted mother"
benevolent, beneficent, gracious
adj. doing or producing good; "the most beneficent regime in history"
innocent
adj. (used of things) lacking sense or awareness; "fine innocent weather"
salutary, good
adj. tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air"
helpful
adj. providing assistance or serving a useful function
helpful
adj. providing assistance or serving a useful function
helpful
adj. providing assistance or serving a useful function
honorable, honest
adj. not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"
honorable, honest
adj. not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"
honorable, honest
adj. not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"
honourable, honorable
adj. worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"
honourable, honorable
adj. worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"
solid, upstanding
adj. meriting respect or esteem; "an upstanding member of the community"
solid, upstanding
adj. meriting respect or esteem; "an upstanding member of the community"
humane
adj. marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
human-centred, human-centered, humanitarian, humanistic, humanist
adj. marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare; "a humane physician"; "released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons"; "respect and humanistic regard for all members of our species"
inviolate, intact
adj. (of a woman) having the hymen unbroken; "she was intact, virginal"
meet, fitting
adj. being precisely fitting and right; "it is only meet that she should be seated first"
benign
adj. kindness of disposition or manner; "the benign ruler of millions"; "benign intentions"
large-hearted, good-hearted, openhearted, sympathetic, kindly, benevolent, charitable
adj. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity; "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"
merciful
adj. showing or giving mercy; "sought merciful treatment for the captives"; "a merciful god"
keen, exquisite
adj. intense or sharp; "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"
utter, thoroughgoing, staring, stark, sodding, pure, perfect, gross, everlasting, double-dyed, consummate, complete, arrant, unadulterated
adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"
moral
adj. concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles; "moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life"
noble
adj. having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds"
noble
adj. having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds"
noble
adj. having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds"
innocuous
adj. not injurious to physical or mental health
rank
adj. very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar"
tender, sore, sensitive, raw
adj. hurting; "the tender spot on his jaw"
perfect
adj. being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen"; "a perfect day"
pleasant
adj. affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings; "we had a pleasant evening together"; "a pleasant scene"; "pleasant sensations"
pleasurable, gratifying, enjoyable
adj. affording satisfaction or pleasure; "the company was enjoyable"; "found her praise gratifying"; "full of happiness and pleasurable excitement"; "good printing makes a book more pleasurable to read"
practical
adj. having or put to a practical purpose or use; "practical mathematics"; "practical applications of calculus"
proper
adj. marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
proper
adj. marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
fitting
adj. in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion; "We have come to dedicate a portion of that field...It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this"
existent, real
adj. being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
reputable
adj. having a good reputation; "a reputable business"; "a reputable scientist"; "a reputable wine"
respectable, honorable, good, estimable
adj. deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name"
ill-famed, notorious, infamous
adj. known widely and usually unfavorably; "a notorious gangster"; "the tenderloin district was notorious for vice"; "the infamous Benedict Arnold";
respectable
adj. characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals; "a respectable woman"
respectable
adj. characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals; "a respectable woman"
respectable
adj. characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals; "a respectable woman"
right
adj. in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right thing and confess"
honourable, honorable, ethical
adj. adhering to ethical and moral principles; "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"
honourable, honorable, ethical
adj. adhering to ethical and moral principles; "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"
honourable, honorable, ethical
adj. adhering to ethical and moral principles; "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"
upright, just, good
adj. of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"
robust
adj. sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction; "a robust body"; "a robust perennial"
sincere
adj. open and genuine; not deceitful; "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship"
secure, safe, good, dependable
adj. financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment"
healthy
adj. financially secure and functioning well; "a healthy economy"
square, straight
adj. characterized by honesty and fairness; "straight dealing"; "a square deal"
aboveboard, straightforward
adj. without concealment or deception; honest; "their business was open and aboveboard"; "straightforward in all his business affairs"
sturdy, substantial, solid
adj. of good quality and condition; solidly built; "a solid foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings"
first-class, splendid, fantabulous, excellent
adj. very good;of the highest quality; "made an excellent speech"; "the school has excellent teachers"; "a first-class mind"
supreme
adj. highest in excellence or achievement; "supreme among musicians"; "a supreme endxxeavor"; "supreme courage"
sympathetic
adj. expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward; "sympathetic to the students' cause"; "a sympathetic observer"; "a sympathetic gesture"
concerned, compassionate
adj. showing or having compassion; "heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"
tender
adj. given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; "a tender heart"; "a tender smile"; "tender loving care"; "tender memories"; "a tender mother"
manipulable, tractable
adj. easily managed (controlled or taught or molded); "tractable young minds"; "the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"- Samuel Butler
true
adj. consistent with fact or reality; not false; "the story is true"; "it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true"- B. Russell; "the true meaning of the statement"
right, veracious
adj. precisely accurate; "a veracious account"
trusty, trustworthy
adj. worthy of trust or belief; "a trustworthy report"; "an experienced and trustworthy traveling companion"
trusty, trustworthy
adj. worthy of trust or belief; "a trustworthy report"; "an experienced and trustworthy traveling companion"
trusty, trustworthy
adj. worthy of trust or belief; "a trustworthy report"; "an experienced and trustworthy traveling companion"
true, reliable, honest, dependable
adj. worthy of being depended on; "a dependable worker"; "an honest working stiff"; "a reliable sourcSFLe of information"; "he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are those who trust me"
true, reliable, honest, dependable
adj. worthy of being depended on; "a dependable worker"; "an honest working stiff"; "a reliable sourcSFLe of information"; "he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are those who trust me"
utile, useful
adj. being of use or service; "the girl felt motherly and useful"; "a useful job"; "a useful member of society"
helpful
adj. of service or assistance; "a child who is helpful around the house can save the mother many steps"
serviceable
adj. capable of being put to good use; "a serviceable kitchen gadget"
valuable
adj. having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange; "a valuable diamond"
virtuous
adj. morally excellent
virtuous
adj. morally excellent
pleasing
adj. giving pleasure and satisfaction; "a pleasing piece of news"; "pleasing in manner and appearance"
wholesome
adj. conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being; "wholesome attitude"; "wholesome appearance"; "wholesome food"
salubrious
adj. favorable to health of mind or body; "not the most salubrious campsite"; "one of the less salubrious suburbs"
salubrious
adj. favorable to health of mind or body; "not the most salubrious campsite"; "one of the less salubrious suburbs"
worthy
adj. having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "a worthy cause"
praiseworthy, laudable, commendable, applaudable
adj. worthy of high praise; "applaudable efforts to save the environment"; "a commendable sense of purpose"; "laudable motives of improving housing conditions"; "a significant and praiseworthy increase in computer intelligence"
creditable
adj. worthy of often limited commendation; "the student's effort on the essay--though not outstanding--was creditable"
honourable, honorable
adj. used as a title of respect; "my honorable colleague"; "our worthy commanding officer"
worthful, valuable
adj. having worth or merit or value; "a valuable friend"; "a good and worthful man"

Synonyms (209)

profitable
adj. promoting benefit or gain; "a profitable meeting to resolve difficulties"
preferential, discriminatory
adj. manifesting partiality; "a discriminatory tax"; "preferential tariff rates"; "preferential treatment"; "a preferential shop gives priority or advantage to union members in hiring or promoting"
beneficent
adj. doing or producing good; "the most beneficent regime in history"
charitable
adj. full of love and generosity; "charitable to the poor"; "a charitable trust"
near, approximate
adj. very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"
boon
adj. very close and convivial; "boon companions"
intimate
adj. marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity; "intimate friend"; "intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L. Parrington
thick, buddy-buddy, chummy
adj. (used informally) associated on close terms; "a close friend"; "the bartender was chummy with the regular customers"; "the two were thick as thieves for months"
closely knit, close-knit
adj. held together as by social or cultural ties; "a close-knit family"; "close-knit little villages"; "the group was closely knit"
confidential
adj. denoting confidence or intimacy; "a confidential approach"; "in confidential tone of voice"
intimate, familiar
adj. having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
absolute, total
adj. complete in extent or degree and in every particular; "a full game"; "a total eclipse"; "a total disaster"
realised, realized, completed, accomplished
adj. successfully completed or brought to an end; "his mission accomplished he took a vacation"; "the completed project"; "the joy of a realized ambition overcame him"
all
adj. completely given to or absorbed by; "became all attention"
full-scale, all-out
adj. using all available resources; "all-out war"; "a full-scale campaign against nuclear power plants"
allover
adj. covering the entire surface; "an allover pattern"; "got an allover tan"
broadside
adj. toward a full side; "a broadside attack"
clean
adj. thorough and without qualification; "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"
completed
adj. caught; "a completed forward pass"
downright
adj. characterized by plain blunt honesty; "a downright answer"; "a downright kind of person"
full-clad, fleshed out
adj. given substance or detail; completed; "did not spring full-clad from his imagination"; "a plan fleshed out with statistics and details"
total, full
adj. complete in extent or degree and in every particular; "a full game"; "a total eclipse"; "a total disaster"
full-blown
adj. having or displaying all the characteristics necessary for completeness; "a full-blown financial crisis"
full-dress
adj. complete in every respect; "a full-dress debate"; "a full-dress investigation"
full-page
adj. occupying an entire page in a book or paper; "a full-page ad"
self-contained
adj. constituting a complete and independent unit in and of itself; "the university is like a self-contained city with shops and all amenities"
sound
adj. thorough; "a sound thrashing"
unbroken
adj. "an unbroken (complete) set of an encyclopedia"
whole
adj. (of siblings) having the same parents; "whole brothers and sisters"
whole-souled, wholehearted
adj. with unconditional and enthusiastic devotion; "heart-whole friendship"; "gave wholehearted support to her candidacy"; "wholehearted commitment"; "demonstrated his whole-souled allegiance"
discerning
adj. able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive; "discerning taste"; "a discerning eye for color"
nice, discriminate
adj. noting distinctions with nicety; "a discriminating interior designer"; "a nice sense of color"; "a nice point in the argument"
discriminatory, discriminative
adj. capable of making fine distinctions
eclectic
adj. selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
selective
adj. characterized by very careful or fastidious selection; "the school was very selective in its admissions"
operant
adj. having influence or producing an effect; "many emotional determinants at work"; "an operant conscience"
operating, in operation, operational
adj. being in effect or operation; "de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations"- Leslie Marmon Silko; "bus service is in operation during the emergency"; "the company had several operating divisions"
better off, better-off
adj. in a more fortunate condition: "she would have been better-off is she had stuck to her Bible."
happy, felicitous
adj. marked by good fortune; "a felicitous life"; "a happy outcome"
fortuitous
adj. occurring by happy chance; "profits were enhanced by a fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials"
heaven-sent, miraculous, providential
adj. peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention; "a heaven-sent rain saved the crops"; "a providential recovery"
lucky
adj. occurring by chance; "a lucky escape"; "a lucky guess"
well-off
adj. fortunately situated; "doesn't know when he's well-off"
caller
adj. fresh; "caller fish"
crisp
adj. pleasingly firm and fresh; "crisp lettuce"
fresh-cut
adj. cut recently; "fresh-cut flowers"
hot
adj. newly made; "a hot scent"
new-made
adj. newly made; "the aroma of new-made bread"
warm, strong
adj. freshly made or left; "a warm trail"; "the scent is warm"
bona fide, veritable, unquestionable, authentic
adj. not counterfeit or copied; "an authentic signature"; "a bona fide manuscript"; "an unquestionable antique"; "photographs taken in a veritable bull ring"
documented, authenticated, attested
adj. established as genuine
sure-enough, old, honest-to-goodness, honest-to-god
adj. (used informally especially for emphasis); "a real honest-to-god live cowboy"; "had us a high old time"; "went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel"
real, true
adj. not spurious: "real mink"; "true gold"
parasiticidal, anthelminthic, anthelmintic, helminthic
adj. capable of expelling or destroying parasitic worms
antimicrobic, antimicrobial
adj. capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms
flatus-relieving, carminative
adj. relieving gas in the alimentary tract (colic or flatulence or griping)
cathartic, purgative
adj. emotionally purging
psychotherapeutic, cathartic
adj. emotionally purging
healing, sanative, therapeutic, remedial, alterative, curative
adj. tending to cure or restore to health; "curative powers of herbal remedies"; "her gentle healing hand"; "remedial surgery"; "a sanative environment of mountains and fresh air"; "a therapeutic agent"; "therapeutic diets"
drugless
adj. without the use of drugs; "drugless therapy"
healthy
adj. financially secure and functioning well; "a healthy economy"
medicative, medicinal
adj. having the properties of medicine; "medicative drugs"; "medicinal herbs"; "medicinal properties"
prophylactic, preventative, preventive
adj. preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"
restorative, recuperative
adj. promoting recuperation; "recuperative powers"; "strongly recuperative remedies"; "restorative effects of exercise"
highbrowed, highbrow
adj. highly cultured or educated; "highbrow events such as the ballet or opera"; "a highbrowed literary critic"
rational
adj. having its source in or being guided by the intellect (as distinguished from experience or emotion); "a rational analysis"
reflective
adj. devoted to matters of the mind; "the reflective type"
sophisticated
adj. intellectually appealing; "a sophisticated drama"
kind
adj. having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
pleasant
adj. (of persons) having pleasing manners or behavior; "I didn't enjoy it and probably wasn't a pleasant person to be around"
well timed, well-timed, seasonable, timely
adj. done or happening at the appropriate or proper time; "a timely warning"; "with timely treatment the patient has a good chance of recovery"; "a seasonable time for discussion"; "the book's publication was well timed"
admirable
adj. inspiring admiration or approval; "among her many admirable qualities are generosity and graciousness"
pleasureful, agreeable
adj. highly pleasing: "pleasureful relaxation"; "an agreeable prospect"
charming
adj. pleasing or delighting; "endowed with charming manners"; "a charming little cottage"; "a charming personality"
delicious, delightful
adj. greatly pleasing or entertaining; "a delightful surprise"; "the comedy was delightful"; "a delicious joke"
disarming
adj. capable of allaying suspicion or hostility and inspiring confidence; "a disarming smile"
easy
adj. affording comfort; "soft light that was easy on the eyes"
fab, fabulous
adj. extremely pleasing; "a fabulous vacation"
sweet, gratifying
adj. pleasing to the mind or feeling; "sweet revenge"
ingratiating
adj. capable of winning favor; "with open arms and an ingratiating smile"
sweet
adj. pleasing to the senses; "the sweet song of the lark"; "the sweet face of a child"
prestigious, honored, esteemed
adj. having an illustrious reputation; respected; "our esteemed leader"; "a prestigious author"
well-thought-of, respected
adj. receiving deferential regard; "a respected family"
morally justified
adj. "righteous indignation"
sound
adj. free from moral defect; "a man of sound character"
secure, safe, good, dependable
adj. financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment"
good
adj. in excellent condition: "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"
healthy
adj. financially secure and functioning well; "a healthy economy"
healthy
adj. financially secure and functioning well; "a healthy economy"
solid
adj. of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial; "work of solid scholarship"; "based on solid facts"
solid
adj. of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial; "work of solid scholarship"; "based on solid facts"
stable
adj. firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation; "the economy is stable"
stable
adj. firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation; "the economy is stable"
undamaged
adj. not harmed or spoiled; sound
undamaged
adj. not harmed or spoiled; sound
tops, top-notch, first-rate, A-one, ace, topnotch, tiptop, super, crack
adj. of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops"
outstanding
adj. distinguished from others in excellence; "did outstanding work in human relations"; "an outstanding war record"
blue-ribbon, select
adj. selected or chosen for special qualifications; "the blue-ribbon event of the season"
brag, boss
adj. exceptionally good; "a boss hand at carpentry"; "his brag cornfield"
champion
adj. holding first place in a contest; "a champion show dog"; "a prizewinning wine"
prime, quality, select, prize, choice
adj. of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"
first-class, splendid, fantabulous, excellent
adj. very good;of the highest quality; "made an excellent speech"; "the school has excellent teachers"; "a first-class mind"
gilt-edged
adj. of the highest quality or value; "gilt-edged securities"; "gilt-edged credentials"
sterling, superlative, greatest
adj. highest in quality
pucka, pukka
adj. absolutely first class and genuine; "pukka sahib"; "pukka quarters with a swarm of servants"
shining
adj. marked by exceptional merit; "had shining virtues and few faults"; "a shining example"
supreme
adj. highest in excellence or achievement; "supreme among musicians"; "a supreme endxxeavor"; "supreme courage"
top-hole, top-flight, topping
adj. excellent; best possible
surpassing, transcendent
adj. exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence
well-made
adj. skillfully constructed
all right, fine
adj. being satisfactorily healthy and reasonably happy: "I'm fine, and you?"; "I'm feeling all right again"
symptomless, asymptomatic
adj. having no symptoms of illness or disease
recovered, healed, cured
adj. freed from illness or injury; "the patient appears cured"; "the incision is healed"; "appears to be entirely recovered"; "when the recovered patient tries to remember what occurred during his delirium"- Normon Cameron
well, healed
adj. freed from illness or injury; "the patient appears cured"; "the incision is healed"; "appears to be entirely recovered"; "when the recovered patient tries to remember what occurred during his delirium"- Normon Cameron
in good health, healthy
adj. having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease; "a rosy healthy baby"; "staying fit and healthy"
well
adj. wise or advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be well to start early"
better
adj. more than half; "argued for the better part of an hour"
satisfactory
adj. giving satisfaction; "satisfactory living conditions"; "his grades were satisfactory"

Antonyms (47)

maleficence, balefulness, mischief
n. the quality or nature of being harmful or evil
evilness, evil
n. the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
evilness, evil
n. the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
villainousness, villainy
n. the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behavior
badness, bad
n. that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency; "take the bad with the good"
badness, bad
n. that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency; "take the bad with the good"
drawback
n. the quality of being a hindrance; "he pointed out all the drawbacks to my plan"
subscript, inferior
n. a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
disadvantageous
adj. constituting a disadvantage
malevolent
adj. wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred; "a gossipy malevolent old woman"; "failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful"
uncharitable
adj. lacking love and generosity; "all pious words and uncharitable deeds"- Charles Reade
remote, distant
adj. far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship ; "a distant cousin"; "a remote relative"; "a distant likeness"; "considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics"
destructive
adj. causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
imitative, counterfeit
adj. not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"
bad
adj. having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
bad
adj. having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
naughty
adj. badly behaved; "a naughty boy"
unskilled, incompetent
adj. not doing a good job; "incompetent at chess"
evil
adj. morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
perversive, pestiferous, corruptive
adj. tending to corrupt or pervert
injurious, hurtful, deleterious
adj. harmful to living things; "deleterious chemical additives"
ruinous, catastrophic
adj. extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin; "a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a ruinous course of action"
subtle, pernicious, insidious
adj. working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; "glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"
ungrateful
adj. disagreeable; "I will not perform the ungrateful task of comparing cases of failure"- Abraham Lincoln
unpleasant, offensive
adj. disagreeable to the sense
disreputable
adj. lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance
wrong
adj. contrary to conscience or morality or law; "it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is wrong"; "it is wrong to lie"
inferior
adj. lower than a given reference point; "inferior alveolar artery"

Research

In many religions, angelsare considered good beings. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God —being the creator of all life —is seen as the personification of good.

In its most general context, the concept of good denotes that conduct which is to be preferred and prescribed by society and its social constituents as beneficial and useful to the social needs of society and its preferred conventions. Good is generally considered to be the opposite of evil. The concept is of interest in the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, and the specific meaning and etiology of the term and its associated translations among ancient and contemporary languages has varied substantially in its inflected meaning depending on circumstances of place, history, religious context and philosophical context.

History of ideas on the topic

Every language has a word expressing good in the sense of "having the right or desirable quality" (ἀρετή) and bad in the sense "undesirable". A sense of moral judgment and a distinction "right and wrong, good and bad" are cultural universals.[1]

Plato and Aristotle

Bust of Socrates in the Vatican Museum

Although the history of the origin of the use of the concept and meaning of 'good' are diverse, the notable discussions of Plato and Aristotle on this subject have been of significant historical effect. The first references that are seen in Plato's The Republic to the Form of the Good are within the conversation between Glaucon and Socrates (454 c–d). When trying to answer such difficult questions pertaining to the definition of justice, Plato identifies that we should not “introduce every form of difference and sameness in nature” instead we must focus on "the one form of sameness and difference that was relevant to the particular ways of life themselves” which is the form of the Good. This form is the basis for understanding all other forms, it is what allows us to understand everything else. Through the conversation between Socrates and Glaucon (508 a–c) Plato analogizes the form of the Good with the sun as it is what allows us to see things. Here, Plato describes how the sun allows for sight. But he makes a very important distinction, “sun is not sight” but it is “the cause of sight itself.” As the sun is in the visible realm, the form of Good is in the intelligible realm. It is “what gives truth to the things known and the power to know to the knower”. It is not only the “cause of knowledge and truth, it is also an object of knowledge”.

Plato identifies how the form of the Good allows for the cognizance to understand such difficult concepts as justice. He identifies knowledge and truth as important, but through Socrates (508d–e) says, “good is yet more prized”. He then proceeds to explain “although the good is not being” it is “superior to it in rank and power”, it is what “provides for knowledge and truth” (508e).[2]

In contrast to Plato, Aristotle discusses the Forms of Good in critical terms several times in both of his major surviving ethical works, the Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle argues that Plato’s Form of the Good does not apply to the physical world, for Plato does not assign “goodness” to anything in the existing world. Because Plato’s Form of the Good does not explain events in the physical world, humans have no reason to believe that the Form of the Good exists and the Form of the Good is thereby irrelevant to human ethics.[3]

Plato and Aristotle were not the first contributors in ancient Greece to the study of the 'good' and discussion preceding them can be found among the pre-Socratic philosophers. In Western civilisation, the basic meanings of κακός and ἀγαθός are "bad, cowardly" and "good, brave, capable", and their absolute sense emerges only around 400 BC, with Pre-Socratic philosophy, in particular Democritus.[4] Morality in this absolute sense solidifies in the dialogues of Plato, together with the emergence of monotheistic thought (notably in Euthyphro, which ponders the concept of piety (τὸ ὅσιον) as a moral absolute). The idea is further developed in Late Antiquity by Neoplatonists, Gnostics, and Church Fathers.

Ancient religions

Faravahar (or Ferohar), one of the primary symbols of Zoroastrianism, believed to be the depiction of a Fravashi (guardian spirit)

Aside from ancient Greek studies of the 'good', the eastern part of ancient Persia almost five thousand years ago a religious philosopher called Zoroaster simplified the pantheon of early Iranian gods[5] into two opposing forces: Ahura Mazda (Illuminating Wisdom) and Angra Mainyu (Destructive Spirit) which were in conflict.

For the western world, this idea developed into a religion which spawned many sects, some of which embraced an extreme dualistic belief that the material world should be shunned and the spiritual world should be embraced. Gnostic ideas influenced many ancient religions[6]which teach that gnosis (variously interpreted as enlightenment, salvation, emancipation or 'oneness with God') may be reached by practising philanthropy to the point of personal poverty, sexual abstinence (as far as possible for hearers, total for initiates) and diligently searching for wisdom by helping others.[7]

This development from the relative or habitual to the absolute is also evident in the terms ethics and morality both being derived from terms for "regional custom", Greek ήθος and Latin mores, respectively (see also siðr).

Medieval period

A stained glass window of Thomas Aquinas in St. Joseph's Catholic Church (Central City, Kentucky)

Medieval Christian philosophy was founded on the work of the Bishop Augustine of Hippo and theologian Thomas Aquinas who understood evil in terms of Biblical infallibility and Biblical inerrancy, as well as the influences of Plato and Aristotle in their appreciation of the concept of the Summum bonum. Silent contemplation was the route to appreciation of the Idea of the Good.[8]

Many medieval Christian theologians both broadened and narrowed the basic concept of Good and evil until it came to have several, sometimes complex definitions[9] such as:

Modern ideas

Kant

A significant enlightenment context for studying the 'good' has been its significance in the study of "the good, the true and the beautiful" as found in Kant and other Enlightenment and Renaissance philosophers and religious thinkers. These discussion were undertaken by Kant particularly in the context of his second Critique of Practical Reason within his Three Critiques.

Rawls

A visual depiction of philosopher John Rawls' hypothetical veil of ignorance. Citizens making choices about their society are asked to make them from an "original position" of equality (left) behind a "veil of ignorance" (wall, center), without knowing what gender, race, abilities, tastes, wealth, or position in society they will have (right). Rawls claims this will cause them to choose "fair" policies.

John Rawls' book A Theory of Justice prioritized social arrangements and goods based on their contribution to justice. Rawls defined justice as fairness, especially in distributing social goods, defined fairness in terms of procedures, and attempted to prove that just institutions and lives are good, if rational individuals' goods are considered fairly. Rawls's crucial invention was the original position, a procedure in which one tries to make objective moral decisions by refusing to let personal facts about oneself enter one's moral calculations.

One problem with the thinkings of Rawls is that it is overly procedural as found in defenders of natural law. Procedurally fair processes of the type used by Rawls may not leave enough room for judgment, and therefore, reduce the totality of goodness. For example, if two people are found to own an orange, the standard fair procedure is to cut it in two and give half to each. However, if one wants to eat it while the other wants the rind to flavor a cake, cutting it in two is clearly less good than giving the peel to the baker and feeding the core to the eater.

Applying procedural fairness to an entire society therefore seems certain to create recognizable inefficiencies, and therefore be unfair, and (by the equivalence of justice with fairness) unjust.

However, procedural processes are not always necessarily damning in this way. Immanuel Kant, a great influence for Rawls, similarly applies a lot of procedural practice within the practical application of The Categorical Imperative, however, this is indeed not based solely on 'fairness'. Even though an example like the one above regarding the orange would not be something that required the practical application of The Categorical Imperative, it is important to draw distinction between Kant and Rawls, and note that Kant's Theory would not necessarily lead to the same problems Rawls' does — i.e., the cutting in half of the orange. Kant's Theory promotes acting out of Duty — acting for the Summum Bonum for him, The Good Will - and in fact encourages Judgement, too. What this would mean is that the outcome of the Orange's distribution would not be such a simple process for Kant as the reason why it would be wanted by both parties would necessarily have to be a part of the Judgement process, thus eliminating the problem that Rawls' account suffers here.

Good and evil

One of the five paintings of Extermination of Evil portrays Sendan Kendatsuba, one of the eight guardians of Buddhist law, banishing evil.

In religion, ethics, and philosophy, "good and evil" is a very common dichotomy. In cultures with Manichaean and Abrahamicreligious influence, evil is usually perceived as the antagonistic opposite of good. Good is that which should prevail and evil should be defeated.[10] In cultures with Buddhist spiritual influence, this antagonistic duality itself must be overcome through achieving Śūnyatā, or emptiness. This is the recognition of good and evil not being unrelated, but two parts of a greater whole; unity, oneness, a Monism.[10]

As a religious concept, basic ideas of a dichotomy between good and evil has developed so that today:

  • Good is a broad concept but it typically deals with an association with life, charity, continuity, happiness, love and justice.
  • Evil is typically associated with conscious and deliberate wrongdoing, discrimination designed to harm others, humiliation of people designed to diminish their psychological needs and dignity, destructiveness, and acts of unnecessary and/or indiscriminate violence.[11]
  • the dilemma of the human condition and humans' and their capacity to perform both good and evil activities.[12]

Goodness and morality in biology

The issue of good and evil in the human visuality, often associated with morality, is regarded by some biologists (notably Edward O. Wilson, Jeremy Griffith, David Sloan Wilson and Frans de Waal) as an important question to be addressed by the field of biology.[13][14][15][16]

See also

References

  1. ^ Donald Brown (1991) Human Universals. Philadelphia, Temple University Press (online summary).
  2. ^ Reeve, Plato ; revised by C.D.C. (1992). Republic ([2nd ed.]. ed.). Indianapolis, Ind.: Hackett Publ. Co. ISBN 978-0-87220-136-1.
  3. ^ Fine, Gail (2003). Plato on Knowledge and Forms. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 350. ISBN 0-19-924559-2.
  4. ^ Charles H. Kahn, Democritus and the Origins of Moral Psychology, The American Journal of Philology (1985)
  5. ^ Boyce 1979, pp. 6–12.
  6. ^ John Hinnel (1997). The Penguin Dictionary of Religion. Penguin Books UK.
  7. ^ Churton, Tobias (2005). Gnostic Philosophy: From Ancient Persia to Modern Times. Inner Traditions – Bear & Company. ISBN 978-159477-035-7.
  8. ^ A. Kojeve, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel (1980) p. 108
  9. ^ Farley, E (1990). Good and Evil: Interpreting a Human Condition. Fortress Press / Vanderbilt University. ISBN 978-0800624477.
  10. a b Paul O. Ingram, Frederick John Streng. Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Mutual Renewal and Transformation. University of Hawaii Press, 1986. P. 148-149.
  11. ^ Ervin Staub. Overcoming evil: genocide, violent conflict, and terrorism. New York, New York, USA: Oxford University Press, Pp. 32.
  12. ^ Griffith, Jeremy (2011). "The Human Condition". The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. ISBN 9781741290073.
  13. ^ Wilson, Edward Osborne (2012). The Social Conquest of Earth. ISBN 9780871404138.
  14. ^ Griffith, Jeremy (2011). Good vs EvilThe Book of Real Answers to Everything!. ISBN 9781741290073.
  15. ^ Wilson, Edward Osborne (2007). Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives. ISBN 9780385340922.
  16. ^ de Waal, Frans (2012). Moral behavior in animals.

Further reading

  • Aristotle. "Nicomachean Ethics". 1998. USA: Oxford University Press. (1177a15)
  • Bentham, Jeremy. The Principles of Morals and Legislation. 1988. Prometheus Books.
  • Dewey, John. Theory of Valuation. 1948. University of Chicago Press.
  • Griffin, James. Well-Being: Its Meaning, Measurement and Moral Importance. 1986. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature. 2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hurka, Thomas. Perfectionism. 1993. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kant, Immanuel. Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals. 1996. Cambridge University Press. Third section, [446]-[447].
  • Kierkegaard, Søren. Either/Or. 1992. Penguin Classics.
  • Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. 1999. Belknap Press.
  • Ross, W. D. The Right and the Good. 1930. Oxford University Press.
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