Definition of benign in English:

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benign

Pronunciation: /bɪˈnʌɪn/

adjective

1Gentle and kind: his benign but firm manner
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  • 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, warm-hearted, good-natured, friendly, warm, affectionate, agreeable, amiable, good-humoured, genial, congenial, cordial, approachable, tender, tender-hearted, soft-hearted, gentle, sympathetic, compassionate, caring, considerate, thoughtful, helpful, well disposed, obliging, accommodating, generous, big-hearted, unselfish, benevolent, gracious, liberal, indulgent
rare benignant
1.1(Of a climate or environment) mild and favourable: the climate becomes more benign as we move nearer to the Black Sea
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  • 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, clement, calm, balmy, pleasant, agreeable, soft, soothing, refreshing;
healthy, health-giving, wholesome, salubrious
favourable, advantageous, beneficial;
helpful, propitious, auspicious, lucky, opportune, fortunate, providential, encouraging, benevolent, conducive;
right, good
1.2Not harmful to the environment: the cycle as a benign form of transport [in combination]: an ozone-benign refrigerant
2 Medicine (Of a disease) not harmful in effect: a benign condition
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  • 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.
2.1(Of a tumour) not malignant: benign growths
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  • It is currently believed that most colorectal carcinomas start as benign adenomas that undergo malignant transformation into adenocarcinoma.
  • The difference between malignant and benign tumours is that malignant tumours have the ability to invade surrounding areas.
  • Pleomorphic adenoma is a benign neoplasm that occurs in major or minor salivary glands.
Synonyms
harmless, non-malignant, non-cancerous, non-dangerous, innocent;
curable, remediable, treatable, removable
technical benignant

Derivatives

benignly

Pronunciation: /bɪˈnʌɪnli/
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with benign

align, assign, brine, chine, cline, combine, condign, confine, consign, dine, divine, dyne, enshrine, entwine, fine, frontline, hardline, interline, intertwine, kine, Klein, line, Main, malign, mine, moline, nine, on-line, opine, outshine, pine, Rhein, Rhine, shine, shrine, sign, sine, spine, spline, stein, Strine, swine, syne, thine, tine, trine, twine, Tyne, underline, undermine, vine, whine, wine

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