OTHER WORDS FOR benign
OPPOSITES FOR benign
Origin of benign
OTHER WORDS FROM benignbe·nign·ly, adverbsu·per·be·nign, adjectiveun·be·nign, adjective
Words nearby benign
BENIGN VS. MALIGNANT
What’s the difference between benign and malignant?
In a medical context, the word benign is used to describe masses or tumors that are not cancerous—those that do not spread disease to other parts of the body. The word malignant is the opposite—it’s used to describe harmful masses or tumors that are cancerous and that grow and spread disease.
Both words are sometimes also used in general ways. Benign can mean kind, favorable, or gracious, while malignant can mean harmful or intended or intending to cause harm.
The best clue to help remember their meanings is the prefix mal-, which means “bad” and shows up in a lot of other negative words, such as malfunction, malpractice, malicious, and maleficent.
Here’s an example of benign and malignant used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: She was afraid the lump was a malignant tumor, but it turned out to be a benign cyst—totally harmless.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between benign and malignant.
Quiz yourself on benign vs. malignant!
Should benign or malignant be used in the following sentence?
I can assure you that my intentions are completely _____—I mean no harm.
How to use benign in a sentence
It is possible that life may have gained a foothold, given the evidence that the planet once had a much more benign environment.The Four Most Promising Worlds for Alien Life in the Solar System|Gareth Dorrian|September 24, 2020|Singularity Hub
My two personal oncology physicians were the ones who advised a conservative strategy of monitoring those nodules in my neck, which could prove to be benign.My cancer might be back—and I wonder if unnecessary radiation caused it in the first place|jakemeth|September 22, 2020|Fortune
As the election approaches, the building trend of employee activism against employers seems to be taking a benign turn—but don’t imagine that America’s employers and workers are now united in peace and love.The activist employee hasn’t gone away|Geoffrey Colvin|September 21, 2020|Fortune
These other ingredients, which are combined with the therapeutic one, are often sourced from around the world before landing in your medicine cabinet and are not always benign.The ‘inactive' ingredients in your pills could harm you|By Yelena Ionova/The Conversation|September 15, 2020|Popular-Science
Sometimes doctors inject patients with benign chemicals that enhance the contrast visible in the image.Facebook and NYU researchers discover a way to speed up MRI scans|Jeremy Kahn|August 18, 2020|Fortune
I always saw the horrific side of this seemingly benign environment.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unstoppable or not, John H has seen little in his 38 years to persuade him progress is benign.The Golden West Up for Grabs: ‘Painted Horses’ Is the Next Great Western Novel|Wendy Smith|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is not some benign magical sleep as shown on TV, where people wake up a year later and are instantly back to normal.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury|Jean Kim|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eric lobbies for an industry of benign usefulness, non-partisan in nature, and over which no cloud of serious controversy looms.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists|P. J. O’Rourke|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To use a relatively benign example, they are to the Pentagon what Silicon Valley startups were to Eastman Kodak.Why ISIS Keeps Running Circles Around Us, Just Like Al Qaeda Did Before 9/11|Christopher Dickey|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Benign respdit pater ipse Membertou neophytos se esse, verum imperarem; in mea potestate esse omnia.
Ab eo igitur tpore Patres nostros perhumaniter habuit, atque honorific in omnibus, mensque benign accepit.
He surveyed the crowd in the court-room with calm indifference, and seldom glanced at the gray-bearded, benign-looking judge.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
"No passion, Colombaik," put in the benign Joan, again interrupting the impetuous young man.
He looked very benign as he quoted these verses in the pulpit on Sunday morning, with a half smile, as of pleased meditation.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete|Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for benign
Derived forms of benignbenignly, adverb
Word Origin for benign
Scientific definitions for benign
Cultural definitions for benign
A descriptive term for conditions that present no danger to life or well-being. Benign is the opposite of malignant.