un benignant

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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