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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.

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. Sharron Fast:

    Even Hong Kong -RSB- lawyers are unable to provide clear advice or guidelines on what would amount to an offense — the provisions are so broadly crafted that Hong Kong lawyers are capable of capturing even benign conduct such as slogans, censorship is coming.

  2. Shane Oliver:

    European and U.S. shares had sharp falls, after initially benign reactions to the Fed, and this is now flowing through to Asian markets today.

  3. Evercore ISI analyst Umer Raffat:

    It ended up being fairly benign.

  4. Rachel Dardik:

    The vast majority of cysts are benign and cyclical, and they tend to disappear on their own.

  5. Laurence Leamer:

    I thought sooner or later something was going to happen. I'm just happy it's benign.

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