Definition of benign in English:
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.
1.1(Of a climate or environment) mild and favorable.
- 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.
2 Medicine (Of a disease) not harmful in effect: in particular, (of a tumor) not malignant.
- 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.
- 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.