kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign.
exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president.
Pathology. benign.

Nearby words

  1. benign myalgic encephalomyelitis,
  2. benign neglect,
  3. benign prostatic hyperplasia,
  4. benign tumor,
  5. benignancy,
  6. benignantly,
  7. benignity,
  8. benignly,
  9. benin,
  10. benin city

Origin of benignant

1775–85; benign + -ant, modeled on malignant

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for benignant



kind; gracious, as a king to his subjects
a less common word for benign (def. 3), benign (def. 4)
Derived Formsbenignancy, nounbenignantly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for benignant



c.1782, from benign + -ant (see -ent); on model of malignant. Related: Benignantly; benignancy.

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