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benign

[bih-nahyn]
adjective
1.
having a kindly disposition; gracious: a benign king.
2.
showing or expressive of gentleness or kindness: a benign smile.
3.
favorable; propitious: a series of benign omens and configurations in the heavens.
4.
(of weather) salubrious; healthful; pleasant or beneficial.
5.
Pathology. not malignant; self-limiting.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English benigne < Anglo-French, Old French benigne (feminine), benin (masculine) < Latin benignus kind, generous, equivalent to beni-, combining form of bonus good (see bene-) + -gnus, derivative of the base of gignere to beget (see genitor, genus), hence, perhaps, “good by nature”; cf. malign

benignly, adverb
superbenign, adjective
superbenignly, adverb
unbenign, adjective
unbenignly, adverb


1. good, kindly, benignant, benevolent, tender, humane, gentle, compassionate.


3. sinister.
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benign (bɪˈnaɪn)
 
adj
1.  showing kindliness; genial
2.  (of soil, climate, etc) mild; gentle
3.  favourable; propitious
4.  pathol (of a tumour, etc) not threatening to life or health; not malignant
 
[C14: from Old French benigne, from Latin benignus, from bene well + gignere to produce]
 
be'nignly
 
adv

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benign
early 14c., from O.Fr. benigne (12c., "kind, benign, merciful, gracious;" Mod.Fr. bénin, fem. bénigne), from L. benignus "kindly, kindhearted, friendly, generous," lit. "well born," from bene "well" (see bene-) + gignere "to bear, beget," from genus "birth"
(see genus). For similar sense evolution, cf. gentle, kind (adj.), generous.
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benign be·nign (bĭ-nīn')
adj.
Of no danger to health, especially relating to a tumorous growth; not malignant.

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benign   (bĭ-nīn')  Pronunciation Key 
Not life-threatening or severe, and likely to respond to treatment, as a tumor that is not malignant. Compare malignant.
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benign [(bi-neyen)]

A descriptive term for conditions that present no danger to life or well-being. Benign is the opposite of malignant.

Note: The term benign is used when describing tumors or growths that do not threaten the health of an individual.
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