for (one's) (own) good

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for (one's) (own) good

For one's benefit, even though it may not be enjoyable or desired. I know you're mad that I won't let you eat candy for dinner, sweetheart, but it's for your own good.
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for good

1. Permanently; indefinitely; forever. After she found out about his latest relapse with drugs, she decided it was best to leave him for good. He got locked up again—this time for good.
2. For the benefit of others; for purposes that are pure and not evil. It's time you started thinking about using your wealth for good, instead of wasting it on pleasure.
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for good

forever; permanently. I finally left home for good. They tried to repair it many times before they fixed it for good.
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for good

Also, for good and all. Permanently, forever. For example, I'm moving to Europe for good. [1500s] Also see for keeps.
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for ˈgood

(British English also for ˌgood and ˈall) permanently; for ever: I’m going away for good.Today I gave up smoking for good.
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for your (ˌown) ˈgood

(of something unpleasant) so that you will benefit: I don’t like criticizing you but it’s for your own good.I know he doesn’t want to do all this extra homework, but it’s for his own good.
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for good

Permanently; forever: I'm moving to Europe for good.
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It's the same in all of life, sensible rules are there for our own good and safety.
The anti-fat crusaders want to manipulate us too, but for our own good.
Or, maybe our prime minister is just a bit too-opportunistic and trade-oriented for our own good.
This by-law--which inevitably will be challenged to the higher courts--is just one recent example of a wide range of federal, provincial, and municipal legislation that can be categorized under the realm of laws for our own good.
In our Special Report this issue, we have gathered three articles which take a philosophical, historical, and humorous look at law for our own good.
However, those who would assault our liberties will go to ludicrous extremes, then claim it is for our own good.