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Wordnet 3.0


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

2. pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence;
- Example: "a benign smile"
- Example: "the benign sky"
- Example: "the benign influence of pure air"
[syn: benign, benignant]

3. kindness of disposition or manner;
- Example: "the benign ruler of millions"
- Example: "benign intentions"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Benign \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 Genus.] 1. Of a kind or gentle disposition; gracious; generous; favorable; benignant. [1913 Webster] Creator bounteous and benign. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Exhibiting or manifesting kindness, gentleness, favor, etc.; mild; kindly; salutary; wholesome. [1913 Webster] Kind influences and benign aspects. --South. [1913 Webster] 3. Of a mild type or character; as, a benign disease. [1913 Webster] Syn: Kind; propitious; bland; genial; salubrious; favorable salutary; gracious; liberal. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

benign adj 1: not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor) [ant: malignant] 2: pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air" [syn: benign, benignant] [ant: malign] 3: kindness of disposition or manner; "the benign ruler of millions"; "benign intentions"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

109 Moby Thesaurus words for "benign": Christian, Christlike, Christly, accommodating, affable, affectionate, agreeable, amiable, amicable, auspicious, beneficent, beneficial, benevolent, benignant, bland, bracing, bright, brotherly, charitable, clement, compassionate, complaisant, compliant, congenial, constitutional, cooperative, cordial, curable, decent, dexter, fair, favorable, favoring, forbearing, fortunate, fraternal, friendly, full of promise, generous, genial, gentle, golden, good, good for, good-hearted, gracious, happy, harmless, health-enhancing, health-preserving, healthful, healthy, human, humane, hygeian, hygienic, indulgent, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive, invigorating, kind, kindhearted, kindly, kindly-disposed, loving, lucky, merciful, mild, neighborly, nice, nonmalignant, nonpoisonous, nontoxic, nonvirulent, obliging, of good omen, of happy portent, of promise, overindulgent, overpermissive, permissive, promising, propitious, prosperous, refreshing, salubrious, salutary, sanitary, softhearted, sympathetic, sympathizing, tender, tenderhearted, tonic, undamaging, unhurtful, uninjurious, unobnoxious, warm, warm-hearted, warmhearted, well-affected, well-disposed, well-intentioned, well-meaning, well-meant, white, wholesome