- The definition of benign is something good, kind or not dangerous.
- A non-cancerous tumor is an example of a benign growth.
- Earth friendly cleaning products are an example of benign reactions to the environment.
- good-natured; kindly
- favorable; beneficial
- Med. doing little or no harm; not malignant; specif., not cancerous: benign tumors
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French benigne ; from Classical Latin benignus, good, literally , well-born ; from bene, well (cf. sense development of gentle) plush genus, birth: see genus
- benignly adverb
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- Of a kind and gentle disposition.
- Showing gentleness and mildness. See Synonyms at kind1.
- Tending to exert a beneficial influence; favorable: a policy with benign consequences for the economy. See Synonyms at favorable.
- Having little or no detrimental effect; harmless: a chemical additive that is environmentally benign.
- Medicine Of no danger to health; not recurrent or progressive; not malignant: a benign tumor.
Origin: Middle English benigne, from Old French, from Latin benignus; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- be·nignˈly adverb
benign - Cultural Definition
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benign - Science Definition
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