benignant

[bih-nig-nuhnt]
adjective
1.
kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign.
2.
exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president.
3.
Pathology, benign.

Origin:
1775–85; benign + -ant, modeled on malignant

benignancy [bih-nig-nuhn-see] , noun
benignantly, adverb
unbenignant, adjective
unbenignantly, adverb


1. benevolent, benign, generous, charitable.
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benignant (bɪˈnɪɡnənt)
 
adj
1.  kind; gracious, as a king to his subjects
2.  benign a less common word for benign
 
be'nignancy
 
n
 
be'nignantly
 
adv

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benignant
c.1782, from benign + -ant (see -ent); on model of malignant.
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Example sentences
She will recommend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.
She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.
She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.
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