good·will also good will (gdwĭl)
1. An attitude of kindness or friendliness; benevolence.
2. Cheerful acquiescence or willingness.
3. A good relationship, as of a business with its customers or a nation with other nations.
4. The positive reputation of a business and its likely continued patronage by clients, considered as part of its market value.
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