What does benign mean?

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bɪˈnaɪnbe·nign

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. benignadjective

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

  2. benign, benignantadjective

    pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence

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

  3. benignadjective

    kindness of disposition or manner

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

Wiktionary

  1. benignadjective

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

  2. benignadjective

    Kind; gentle; mild.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BENIGNadjective

    Etymology: benignus, Lat.

    This turn hath made amends! Thou hast fulfill’d
    Thy words, Creator bounteous and benign!
    Giver of all things fair. John Milton, Parad. Lost, b. viii. l. 492.

    So shall the world go on,
    To good malignant, to bad men benign. Par. Lost, b. xii.

    We owe more to heav’n than to the sword,
    The wish’d return of so benign a lord. Edmund Waller.

    What heaven bestows upon the earth, in kind influences and benign aspects, is paid it back again in sacrifice and adoration. South.

    They who delight in the suffering of inferiour creatures, will not be very compassionate or benign. John Locke.

    Diff’rent are thy names,
    As thy kind hand has founded many cities,
    Or dealt benign thy various gifts to men. Matthew Prior.

    These salts are of a benign mild nature, in healthy persons; but, in others, retain their original qualities, which they discover in cachexies. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benignadjective

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

  2. Benignadjective

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

  3. Benignadjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Benign

    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.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of benign in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of benign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of benign in a Sentence

  1. Doug Madory:

    For the past 24 hours North Korea's connectivity to the outside world has been progressively getting degraded to the point now that they are totally offline, there's either a benign explanation - their routers are perhaps having a software glitch; that’s possible. It also seems possible that somebody can be directing some sort of an attack against them and they're having trouble staying online.

  2. Bob Zenouzi:

    If the Fed policy is benign and you don't see an acceleration of earnings, (REIT) dividend yields and a steady cash flow are pretty attractive to investors.

  3. Abdullah Shatnawei:

    The majority of cases [of bloating] are benign and nothing to worry about, but there is a chance that this may be signaling an underlying problem.

  4. Doug Madory:

    For the past 24 hours North Korea's connectivity to the outside world has been progressively getting degraded to the point now that they are totally offline, there's either a benign explanation - their routers are perhaps having a software glitch; that's possible. It also seems possible that somebody can be directing some sort of an attack against them and they're having trouble staying online.

  5. Dana Perino:

    As soon as you start looking into it, people are saying, ‘Wait, we don’t really like this.' It's not a benign issue, all the polls are saying, ‘No, we don’t really think we need this. We don't think it will help us.'.

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