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Good Intentions

hǎo yì
kou i
Good Intentions Scroll

好意 is how to write good intentions in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as: kindness; good will; favor; favour; courtesy; good wishes; friendliness; amity.

Good Intentions / Good Will / Good Faith

shàn yì
zen i
Good Intentions / Good Will / Good Faith Scroll

善意 is a word that means good intentions, good will, or to things done in good faith in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.

It's sort of the reason you do good deeds, or the desire you have inside yourself to do the right thing.

This can also be translated as benevolence, kindness, virtuous mind, positive mindset, or favorable sense.

善意 is also used in legal context for things that are done in good faith (regardless of outcome).

In Japanese, this can be the personal name Yoshi or Yoshii.

Mercy / Compassion / Love

Mercy / Compassion / Love Scroll

慈 is the simplest way to express the idea of compassion.

This can also mean love for your fellow humans, humanity, or living creatures. Sometimes this is extended to mean charity.

This term is often used with a Buddhist or Christian context. The concept was also spoken of by Laozi (Lao Tzu) in the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching).

慈 is considered the direct translation of the Sanskrit word मैत्री (maitrī) Pali word मेत्ता (mettā). In this context, it means benevolence, loving-kindness, and goodwill.

This Chinese character is understood in Japanese but is usually used in compound words (not seen alone). Also used in old Korean Hanja, so it's very universal.

See Also:  Mercy | Benevolence | Forgiveness | Kindness

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Good Intentions好意kou i / koui / ko i / koihǎo yì / hao3 yi4 / hao yi / haoyihao i / haoi
Good Intentions
Good Will
Good Faith
善意zen i / zenishàn yì / shan4 yi4 / shan yi / shanyishan i / shani
jicí / ci2 / citz`u / tzu

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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shàn yì
    shan4 yi4
shan i
goodwill; benevolence; kindness
(1) virtuous mind; (2) good intentions; good will; (3) positive mindset; (4) {law} (See 悪意・3) bona fides; good faith; (personal name) Yoshii
good intentions


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hǎo yì
    hao3 yi4
hao i
 koui / koi
Mercy / Compassion / Love Scroll
good intention; kindness
(1) kindness; favor; favour; friendliness; (2) goodwill; affection; liking (for someone); love

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aspiration; ambition; the will
(1) will; resolution; intention; ambition; aim; goal; (2) kindness; goodwill; kind offer; (3) gift (as a token of gratitude); (female given name) Yuki
Will, resolve, 志意; 心志; also data, records; resolution


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yì si
    yi4 si5
i ssu
idea; opinion; meaning; wish; desire; interest; fun; token of appreciation, affection etc; CL:個|个[ge4]; to give as a small token; to do something as a gesture of goodwill etc
intention; wish; purpose; mind (to do)


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 noren(p); nouren(ok); nonren(ok) / noren(p); noren(ok); nonren(ok)
    のれん(P); のうれん(ok); のんれん(ok)
(1) (kana only) (short) curtain hung at shop entrance; split curtain used to divide spaces in a house; (2) (kana only) reputation (of a store); good name; credit; (3) (kana only) {bus} goodwill


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shì hǎo
    shi4 hao3
shih hao
to express goodwill; to be friendly



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qīn shàn
    qin1 shan4
ch`in shan
    chin shan
friendship; goodwill; friendly relations; amity; (male given name) Chikayoshi


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(transitive verb) (1) to come near; to let someone approach; (transitive verb) (2) to bring near; to bring together; to collect; to gather; (transitive verb) (3) to deliver (opinion, news, etc.); to send (e.g. a letter); to contribute; to donate; (transitive verb) (4) to let someone drop by; (transitive verb) (5) to add (numbers); (transitive verb) (6) to have feelings for (love, goodwill, trust, etc.); (transitive verb) (7) to rely upon for a time; to depend on; (transitive verb) (8) to use as a pretext; (transitive verb) (9) to put aside; (transitive verb) (10) to press; to push; to force; (transitive verb) (11) (ksb:) to include; to welcome (in a group); to let in


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goodwill; intangible assets (part of the acquisition price of a business paid for the name and reputation of the company rather than tangible assets)


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goodwill; intangible assets (part of the acquisition price of a business paid for the name and reputation of the company rather than tangible assets)


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 shoubainokabu / shobainokabu
goodwill of a business


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 zenitsuuyaku / zenitsuyaku
(yoji) goodwill guide; volunteer guide and interpreter for foreign residents and tourists


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international goodwill


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ambassador of goodwill; goodwill envoy; goodwill mission



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qīn shàn dà shǐ
    qin1 shan4 da4 shi3
ch`in shan ta shih
    chin shan ta shih
goodwill ambassador
goodwill ambassador; friendship ambassador


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 kouiomotsu / koiomotsu
(exp,v5t) (1) (See 好意・こうい・1) to feel goodwill (towards); to wish someone well; (exp,v5t) (2) (See 好意・こうい・2) to have a strong liking (for); to be emotionally involved


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goodwill; intangible assets (part of the acquisition price of a business paid for the name and reputation of the company rather than tangible assets)


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(1) (polite language) (kana only) (as おかげさまで) (See おかげさまで・2) (someone's) assistance; help; aid; kindness; goodwill; (2) (polite language) (kana only) (See おかげ・1) grace (of God); benevolence (of Buddha); blessing

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