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benign

Syllabification: be·nign
Pronunciation: /bəˈnīn
 
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Definition of benign in English:

adjective

1Gentle; kindly: her face was calm and benign his benign but firm manner
More example sentences
  • What makes an otherwise gentle and benign guy like him speak so callously and cruelly of 950 deaths?
  • Visually, the show is a treat, and the tone is mostly benign and gentle.
  • She was so gentle and benign, but worked so cleverly with people.
Synonyms
kindly, kind, warmhearted, good-natured, friendly, warm, affectionate, agreeable, genial, congenial, cordial, approachable, tenderhearted, gentle, sympathetic, compassionate, caring, well disposed, benevolent
1.1(Of a climate or environment) mild and favorable.
Example sentences
  • Jersey's benign climate and free-draining sandy soil provide the ideal environment for over 80 species of lavender.
  • We often work in a benign weather environment, but we always should be prepared to handle weather contingencies.
  • The opposite is true for most Australian wine production, where a benign climate and massive hydroponic systems deliver grapes that are almost identical from one year to the next.
Synonyms
temperate, mild, gentle, balmy, soft, pleasant, favorable;
healthy, wholesome, salubrious
1.2Not harmful to the environment: [in combination]: an ozone-benign refrigerant
2 Medicine (Of a disease) not harmful in effect: in particular, (of a tumor) not malignant.
Example sentences
  • In actual fact, for the vast majority of cases, the childhood infectious diseases are benign and self-limiting.
  • Her past medical history was significant only for an abdominal hysterectomy performed more than 10 years earlier for benign disease.
  • Levels exceeding 10 ng per mL are rarely due to benign disease.
Synonyms
harmless, nonmalignant, noncancerous;
Medicine benignant

Origin

Middle English: from Old French benigne, from Latin benignus, probably from bene 'well' + -genus '-born'. Compare with gentle1.

Derivatives

benignly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The city bristles with billboards, the Chief Minister's face looking down benignly on commuters, urging them to pay their electricity bills on time and online.
  • Then the colonial governments had the idea, benignly intended, of protecting the peasant growers from the fluctuations of the marketplace.
  • The team looked on benignly because, at that stage, they were level and the game was turning their way.

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