- having a kindly disposition; gracious: a benign king.
- showing or expressive of gentleness or kindness: a benign smile.
- favorable; propitious: a series of benign omens and configurations in the heavens.
- (of weather) salubrious; healthful; pleasant or beneficial.
- Pathology. not malignant; self-limiting.
Origin of benign
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Examples from the Web for benignly
I was a little mystified at how benignly he responded to my questions about his business activities.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
There was need; for spring which touched the earth so benignly had not passed me by.The Strolling Saint
Miriam benignly gazed—it was the perfection of indirectness.The Tragic Muse
Rachel never looked so truly and benignly happy as at the head of her table.Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Billy, propped up among his cushions, smiled back at her benignly.Teddy: Her Book
Anna Chapin Ray
Tell me—have you really been benignly shadowing me all this way?'The Dictator
- showing kindliness; genial
- (of soil, climate, etc) mild; gentle
- favourable; propitious
- pathol (of a tumour, etc) not threatening to life or health; not malignant
Word Origin and History for benignly
early 14c., from Old French benigne (12c., "kind, benign, merciful, gracious;" Modern French bénin, fem. bénigne), from Latin benignus "kindly, kindhearted, friendly, generous," literally "well born," from bene "well" (see bene-) + gignere "to bear, beget," from genus "birth" (see genus). For similar sense evolution, cf. gentle, kind (adj.), generous. Related: Benignly.
- Of no danger to health, especially relating to a tumorous growth; not malignant.
- Not life-threatening or severe, and likely to respond to treatment, as a tumor that is not malignant. Compare malignant.
A descriptive term for conditions that present no danger to life or well-being. Benign is the opposite of malignant.