not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)
pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
"a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air"
kindness of disposition or manner
"the benign ruler of millions"; "benign intentions"
Not posing any serious threat to health; not particularly aggressive or recurrent.
Kind; gentle; mild.
Origin: Via French from benignus, from bonus + genus. Compare malign.
of a kind or gentle disposition; gracious; generous; favorable; benignant
exhibiting or manifesting kindness, gentleness, favor, etc.; mild; kindly; salutary; wholesome
of a mild type or character; as, a benign disease
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ben-īn′, adj. favourable, esp. in astrology, as opposed to malign: gracious: kindly: (med.) of a mild type, as opposed to malignant: salubrious.—n. Benig′nancy, benignant quality.—adj. Benig′nant, kind: gracious: beneficial.—adv. Benig′nantly.—n. Benig′nity, goodness of disposition: kindness: graciousness: favourable circumstances—of climate, weather, disease, planets.—adv. Benign′ly. [O. Fr. benigne—L. benignus, for benigenus; bene, well, genus, born.]
The numerical value of benign in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of benign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The issue of race could benefit from a period of benign neglect.
While the gentleman cherishes benign rule, the small man cherishes his native land. While the gentleman cherishes a respect for the law, the small man cherishes generous treatment.
We don’t know what causes benign prostatic enlargement, it’s one of the great mysteries, and we really wish we did because it’s such a prevalent condition, sometimes men need to get up every hour at night.
We've seen a complete reversal of the benign environment where there was limited hedging and investing, some producers are now under severe pressure and some will struggle to keep going, so hedging is back on the agenda and volatility is attracting investors back to the sector.
A university is not a service station. Neither is it a political society, nor a meeting place for political societies. With all its limitations and failures, and they are invariably many, it is the best and most benign side of our society insofar as that society aims to cherish the human mind.
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- любезен, благ, доброкачествен, добър, мил, приятенBulgarian
- nezhoubný, benigníCzech
- gütig, freundlich, liebevoll, gutartigGerman
- καλοήθης, καλοκάγαθος, αγαθόςGreek
- კეთილთვისებიანი, კეთილშობილიGeorgian
- blând, benignRomanian
- доброкачественный, добрый, благоприятный, любезный, мягкий, приятныйRussian
- godartad, benignSwedish
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