- kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign.
- exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president.
- Pathology. benign.
Origin of benignant
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1. benevolent, benign, generous, charitable.
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Examples from the Web for benignantly
They stopped as I approached, and Don Balthasar listened to me benignantly.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
"Do not distress yourself, my dear Miss Kendall," she said, benignantly.Miss Pat at School
He smiled, benignantly, and granted my request with a saintly amiability.A Fair Penitent
“You see I have brought him back safe after all,” said the major, benignantly smiling.Paddy Finn
W. H. G. Kingston
"I surely hope so, Mrs. Brenton," he answered her benignantly.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
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Word Origin and History for benignantly
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