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Definitions for benign
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.

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

  2. benignadjective

    Kind; gentle; mild.

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

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. Confucius, nalects, IV.11:

    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.

  2. Kenneth Nail:

    Nikki Haley announced. Since then, at least 60 public Confederate symbols have been removed since the 2015 church shooting, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Most recently, the city of St. Louis, Mo., removed a Confedearte monument -- a 32-foot-tall granite column with a bronze sculpture -- from a park. Complicating the debate for those opposed to these moves is the involvement of hate groups like the KKK. The group is planning a rally for July 8 following a decision by the city council in Charlottesville, Va., to remove a statue of Gen. Lee Park and rename Lee Park. Meanwhile, in April, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered the removal of multiple Confederate statutes. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu received brutal backlash and was forced to have heavy police presence in place when the nighttime removals began. Despite threats that people would boycott New Orleans, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu did not back down. These statues are not just stone and metal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a highly lauded speech after the last Confederate statue had been taken down. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy ; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement and the terror that it actually stood for. But to others, like Kenneth Nail Nail, it’s not about oppression. To us, it’s not a hate thing. It’s a heritage thing and what we like to do is celebrate everyone's struggles : the blacks, the whites, the north and south.

  3. Campos Neto:

    Obviously, a breakthrough on reforms makes the inflation scenario in the future more benign, the prevailing factor (in the risks to inflation) is reforms. Progress on reform is improvement in this sense.

  4. Richard Hofstadter:

    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.

  5. Jon Stewart:

    Where are they? It would be one thing if their callous indifference and rank hypocrisy was benign, but it's not, their indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity, time, one thing they're running out of.

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Translations for benign

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  • любезен, благ, доброкачествен, добър, мил, приятенBulgarian
  • nezhoubný, benigníCzech
  • gütig, freundlich, liebevoll, gutartigGerman
  • καλοήθης, καλοκάγαθος, αγαθόςGreek
  • benignoSpanish
  • béninFrench
  • բարորակArmenian
  • benignoItalian
  • კეთილთვისებიანი, კეთილშობილიGeorgian
  • benigneLatin
  • goedaardigDutch
  • łagodnyPolish
  • benignoPortuguese
  • blând, benignRomanian
  • доброкачественный, добрый, благоприятный, любезный, мягкий, приятныйRussian
  • godartad, benignSwedish
  • தீங்கற்றTamil
  • 良性Chinese

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    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    • A. disguise
    • B. humility
    • C. fancy
    • D. mediocrity

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