American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of a kind and gentle disposition.
- adj. Showing gentleness and mildness. See Synonyms at kind1.
- adj. Tending to exert a beneficial influence; favorable: a policy with benign consequences for the economy. See Synonyms at favorable.
- adj. Having little or no detrimental effect; harmless: a chemical additive that is environmentally benign.
- adj. Medicine Of no danger to health; not recurrent or progressive; not malignant: a benign tumor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a kind disposition; gracious; kind; benignant; favorable.
- Proceeding from or expressive of gentleness, kindness, or benignity.
- Favorable; propitious: as, benign planets.
- Genial; mild; salubrious: applied to weather, etc.
- Mild; not severe; not violent; not malignant: used especially in medicine: as, a benign medicine; a benign disease. Synonyms Gracious, etc. See
- adj. Kind; gentle; mild.
- adj. medicine Not posing any serious threat to health; not particularly aggressive or recurrent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of a kind or gentle disposition; gracious; generous; favorable; benignant.
- adj. Exhibiting or manifesting kindness, gentleness, favor, etc.; mild; kindly; salutary; wholesome.
- adj. Of a mild type or character.
- adj. kindness of disposition or manner
- adj. pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
- adj. not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)
- Via French from Latin benignus ("kind, good"), from bonus ("good") + genus ("origin, kind"). Compare malign. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English benigne, from Old French, from Latin benignus; see genə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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