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Meaning of BENIGN

Pronunciation:  bi'nIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air"
  2. [adj]  of disposition or manner; "the benign ruler of millions"; "benign intentions"
  3. [adj]  (pathology) not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)

BENIGN is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: benignant, genial, harmless, kindly, nonmalignant
 Antonyms: malign, malignant
 See Also: kind



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Be*nign"\, a. [OE. benigne, bening, OF. benigne, F.
b['e]nin, fem. b['e]nigne, fr. L. benignus, contr. from
benigenus; bonus good + root of genus kind. See {Bounty}, and
1. Of a kind or gentle disposition; gracious; generous;
   favorable; benignant.

         Creator bounteous and benign.         --Milton.

2. Exhibiting or manifesting kindness, gentleness, favor,
   etc.; mild; kindly; salutary; wholesome.

         Kind influences and benign aspects.   --South.

3. Of a mild type or character; as, a benign disease.

Syn: Kind; propitious; bland; genial; salubrious; favorable
     salutary; gracious; liberal.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Not cancerous; cannot invade neighboring tissues or spread to other parts of the body.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Refers to a tumor that is non-cancerous; its cells do not proliferate, nor do they invade surrounding tissues.
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