• WordNet 3.6
    • adj good-natured having an easygoing and cheerful disposition "too good-natured to resent a little criticism","the good-natured policeman on our block","the sounds of good-natured play"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • good-natured Having a good disposition; naturally mild in temper; easily acquiescent.
    • good-natured Synonyms Gracious, Kind, etc. See benignant.
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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.”
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    “Children are natural mimics -- they act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners.”
  • Georg Hegel
    “Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Nothing leads to good that is not natural.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.”


In literature:

When man follows the dictates of his nature his actions are good, and harmony results.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
Len had been one of those good-natured, voluble, walrus-moustached men who make such poor providers.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
He could convey or spread a sense of ease and good nature and give and take among all.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
A strong, hard, kindly, good-natured man.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
After a time, however, I read it, and found the letter very good-natured.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
In her case the world is good-natured, and perhaps it is more frequently so than is generally supposed.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
And she would never give them rides on her back, as the large, good-natured Pratt girls did.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
Being fat and never hurrying or worrying made him good-natured.
"Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
The man looked at me suspiciously, though he was ruddy and good natured.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The Breunings were in good circumstances, cultivated, good-natured and hospitable.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer

In poetry:

Life is like an old mother whom trouble and toil
Have sufficed the best part of her nature to spoil,
Whom her children, the Passions, so worry and vex
That the good are forgot while the evil perplex.
"Quatrains" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
Yet if I wail not still, since still to wail
Nature denies;
And flesh would fail,
If my deserts were masters of mine eyes:
Lord, pardon, for thy Sonne makes good
My want of tears with store of bloud.
"Ephesians IV. 30. "Grieve Not The Holy Spirit, &c."" by George Herbert
A fool there was and his goods he spent
(Even as you and I!)
Honour and faith and a sure intent
(And it wasn't the least what the lady meant)
But a fool must follow his natural bent
(Even as you and I!)
"The Vampire" by Rudyard Kipling
Or rather, Nature's mighty King!
To thee by angel wings upled,
O let my prayers unlock the spring
Of blessings on a Father's head:
While fond affection bends the knee,
And sues, prime source of Good, to thee.
"Sonnet To My Father" by Maria Logan
He was a kindly goodly man, and naturally prone,
Instead of taking others' gold, to give away his own.
But he had heard of Vice, and longed for only once to strike -
To plan ONE little wickedness - to see what it was like.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The throng'd resorts, where thousands press
To snatch the spoils of selfishness,
To Nature's still seclusions are,
By God to Man, in goodness giv'n,
Where Vice not yet hath dar'd to mar,
The blest, and stainless gifts of heav'n!
"On Approaching Paris 1826" by Eliza Acton

In news:

O'Reilly and Stewart hold good- natured debate.
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days' offers safe, good- natured laughs for families.
D uring hard times, it is only natural that we should spend a good deal of time blaming the villains.
Newsmen are by nature good story­tellers, and no stories animate them quite so much as their own.
He and I debate politics good-naturedly, even though our arguments have been a little edgy lately.
Filmed in 2009 and back-burnered when Cyrus was greenlit, The Do-Deca- Pentathlon is Jay and Mark Duplass' good-natured comment on modern malaise.
The Florida Keys are gifted with a cornucopia of nature's good bounty, specifically spilling out during the hazy, lazy days of summer.
N her memoir of a seemingly idyllic childhood transformed by trauma, the poet Thylias Moss ponders large philosophical questions like the nature of good and evil and the existence of heaven and hell.
"I read the papers and try not to make small talk except maybe with Anita, the good-natured waitress and a Chelsea institution.".
When they appeared on the big screen during the Kiss Cam segment in the first half, the Obamas smiled and waved -- but no smooching , drawing good-natured boos from the crowd.
Investigating the nature of good guys and bad guys in fiction and real life.
The meteoric rise of a natural, healthy alternative to sugar - a holy grail for the food industry - might just be a little too good to be true.
Good cheer and old-fashioned harmony and sweetness are in short supply in these days of natural and manmade disasters.
Nobody likes to spend a lot of time in public restrooms , but if you have to answer the call of nature while out and about, the loo at Gitane Restaurant in Union Square is a good place to do it.
While recognizes that much of what marks a good place for retirement is subjective -- family and friends, cultural attractions, natural beauty -- there are plenty of objective, quantifiable factors to examine too.

In science:

DLA absorbers into quite good agreement with observations at z = 2 and 3, indicating that the high redshift galaxies that form in the CDM model can account naturally for the observed damped Lyα absorption.
The Population of Damped Lyman-alpha and Lyman Limit Systems in the Cold Dark Matter Model
It is not even clear what is the “most natural” parameter of the distance: z , 1 + z , log(1 + z ) or even the luminosity distance? Either could be a “good” parameter: however they will show totally different distribution (mean, variance, skewness, etc.), and it is hard to use parametric tests only.
The Swift satellite and redshifts of long gamma-ray bursts
We define and analyze a degree-2 test with a very good trade-off between the number of queries q and the soundness s. (We conjecture this trade-off to be asymptotically optimal.) A technical ingredient of this result has a natural interpretation in the framework of errorcorrecting codes.
Low-degree tests at large distances
Good convergence properties can only be expected for natural values thereof.
On the possibility of a discontinuous quark-mass dependence of baryon octet and decuplet masses
It was good, but also slightly nerve-wrecking, to hear many of the points I had planned to mention coming up naturally in the past hour.
Concluding Remarks JD13