[ bih-nig-nuhnt ]
/ bɪˈnɪg nənt /
kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign.
exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president.
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Related formsbe·nig·nan·cy [bih-nig-nuhn-see] /bɪˈnɪg nən si/, nounbe·nig·nant·ly, adverbun·be·nig·nant, adjectiveun·be·nig·nant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for benignancy
/ (bɪˈnɪɡnənt) /
Derived Formsbenignancy, nounbenignantly, adverb
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