Definitions for benignbɪˈnaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. of kindly disposition; gracious:

    a benign king.

  2. showing or expressive of gentleness or kindness.

  3. favorable; propitious:

    benign omens.

  4. clement:

    benign weather.

  5. not malignant.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of benign:

1275–1325; ME benigne < AF, OF < L benignus kind, generous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. benign(adj)

    not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)

  2. benign, benignant(adj)

    pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence

    "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air"

  3. benign(adj)

    kindness of disposition or manner

    "the benign ruler of millions"; "benign intentions"


  1. benign(Adjective)

    Not posing any serious threat to health; not particularly aggressive or recurrent.

  2. benign(Adjective)

    Kind; gentle; mild.

  3. Origin: Via French from benignus, from bonus + genus. Compare malign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benign(adj)

    of a kind or gentle disposition; gracious; generous; favorable; benignant

  2. Benign(adj)

    exhibiting or manifesting kindness, gentleness, favor, etc.; mild; kindly; salutary; wholesome

  3. Benign(adj)

    of a mild type or character; as, a benign disease

Translations for benign

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


kind, well-wishing

a benign smile.

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