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goodness/ˈgʊdnəs/noun
goodness
/ˈgʊdnəs/
noun
Learner's definition of GOODNESS  
[noncount]
: the quality or state of being good: such as
: the quality or state of being kind, honest, generous, helpful, etc.
   b  : the quality or state of being useful or effective
◊ People use I swear to goodness, I hope to goodness, or I wish to goodness to add force to a statement.
— used to express mild surprise or shock

for goodness' sake

— used to express surprise or annoyance

goodness knows

— see 1know
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