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benignant

[bih-nig-nuh nt] /bɪˈnɪg nənt/
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
1775-1785
1775-85; benign + -ant, modeled on malignant
Related forms
benignancy
[bih-nig-nuh n-see] /bɪˈnɪg nən si/ (Show IPA),
noun
benignantly, adverb
unbenignant, adjective
unbenignantly, adverb
Synonyms
1. benevolent, benign, generous, charitable.
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British Dictionary definitions for unbenignant

benignant

/bɪˈnɪɡnənt/
adjective
1.
kind; gracious, as a king to his subjects
2.
a less common word for benign (sense 3), benign (sense 4)
Derived Forms
benignancy, noun
benignantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unbenignant

benignant

adj.

c.1782, from benign + -ant (see -ent); on model of malignant. Related: Benignantly; benignancy.

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