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BENIGN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does benign mean? 

BENIGN (adjective)
  The adjective BENIGN has 3 senses:

1. not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)
2. pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
3. kindness of disposition or manner

  Familiarity information: BENIGN used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BENIGN (adjective)


Sense 1benign [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)

Domain category:

pathology (the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases)

Antonym:

malignant (dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor))


Sense 2benign [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence

Synonyms:

benignant; benign

Context examples:

a benign smile / the benign sky / the benign influence of pure air

Similar:

harmless; nonmalignant (not threatening to life or health; not malignant)

kindly (pleasant and agreeable)

Also:

harmless (not causing or capable of causing harm)

kind (having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior)

Attribute:

benignancy; benignity; graciousness (the quality of being kind and gentle)

Antonym:

malign (evil or harmful in nature or influence)


Sense 3benign [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kindness of disposition or manner

Context examples:

the benign ruler of millions / benign intentions

Similar:

kind (having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior)


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