Be*nign" (?), a. [OE. benigne, bening, OF. benigne, F. b'enin, fem. b'enigne, fr. L. benignus, contr. from benigenus; bonus good + root of genus kind. See Bounty, and Genus.]

1.

Of a kind or gentle disposition; gracious; generous; favorable; benignant.

Creator bounteous and benign. Milton.

2.

Exhibiting or manifesting kindness, gentleness, favor, etc.; mild; kindly; salutary; wholesome.

Kind influences and benign aspects. South.

3.

Of a mild type or character; as, a benign disease.

Syn. -- Kind; propitious; bland; genial; salubrious; favorable salutary; gracious; liberal.

 

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