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Definitions of benign

  1. Benignly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. (pathology) not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Of a kind or gentle disposition; gracious; generous; favorable; benignant. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Exhibiting or manifesting kindness, gentleness, favor, etc.; mild; kindly; salutary; wholesome. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Of a mild type or character; as, a benign disease. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Of a kind or gentle disposition; favorable; healthful; as, a benign influence. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Favorable: gracious: kindly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Kindly; propitions. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Gracious; generous; genial; propitious; mild. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Of, or proceeding from, a kindly nature or disposition; favourable; mild. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Of a kind and gentle disposition; gracious. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for benign

  1. The buxom and benign countenance of Mayor Bryant, his person clad in a rigorously accurate full dress costume, was not less noticeable. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  2. The multitudes who there saw his benign countenance, will not quickly forget the devotion which mingled with the performance of the ceremony. – Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II by Sir John Ross
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