from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Kind; gentle; mild.
- adj. Not posing any serious threat to health; not particularly aggressive or recurrent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)
The term benign is used when describing tumors or growths that do not threaten the health of an individual.
So to use your term benign, I think it's certainly less promotional.
As a result, he poured all of that exposition into "I.O.U.," which he called the "benign tumor" that came from "Capital."
He entered the club, his expression benign, his chin tilted slightly upward.
Cause movement contended it was fought not over slavery - which they characterized as a benign institution - but over states' rights.
Huckabee's comment was horrible and saying it was "benign" is even worse.
Certain benign and malignant gynecologic and gonadal tumors.
Development of certain benign growths, such aslipomas (tumors of fatty tissue), hamartomatous polyps of the intestine, and uterine fibroids
The figures suggest inflationary pressures remain benign in the currency area and should allow the ECB to keep its interest rates at record lows for some time.
At best this episode results in benign distraction at the Port, but nonetheless a distraction, at worst it's a sign of incompetency and a dysfunctional organizational culture.