Adjective "benign" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Gentle and kind.
  1. 'So I suppose the only point I am making is that the reader should not, in my opinion, mistake this kindly and benign country for the real thing.'
  2. 'He relaxed his pace, removed the look of appraisal and curious scrutiny from his face and replaced it with one of nonchalant friendliness and benign interest.'
  3. 'I believe the balance sheet of Australian history is a very generous and benign one.'
  4. 'Visually, the show is a treat, and the tone is mostly benign and gentle.'
  5. 'The owner is front of house and seems permanently genial and benign as we all might be if we lived, as he, his wife and children do, in such a mood-improving environment.'
  6. 'The mating game we were witnessing in the penguin colony was gentle and benign by comparison.'
  7. 'The village spirits are considered benign, helping people to have good and happy lives so long as proper rituals are observed.'
  8. 'He had a warm, benign nature and offered himself to you as a friend and ally.'
  9. 'What makes an otherwise gentle and benign guy like him speak so callously and cruelly of 950 deaths?'
  10. 'She was so gentle and benign, but worked so cleverly with people.'
  11. 'the climate becomes more benign as we move nearer to the Black Sea'
  12. 'We often work in a benign weather environment, but we always should be prepared to handle weather contingencies.'
  13. 'Durban has the most benign tropical climate in Africa.'
  14. 'On a summer's day Ben Nevis appears to be a benign environment, with a track leading to the summit used by around 70,000 walkers a year.'
  15. 'The northeast of Tasmania is often noted for its relatively benign climate, and certainly receives much less rain than the western half of the island State.'
  16. 'The opposite is true for most Australian wine production, where a benign climate and massive hydroponic systems deliver grapes that are almost identical from one year to the next.'
  17. 'Land that is close to major cities, has good views, is close to water and has a benign climate, attracts migrants from the urban areas.'
  18. 'We are used to really quite benign weather patterns.'
  19. 'Only 2 percent of the globe enjoys this benign weather pattern, envied by the rest of the world, where warm, dry summers follow mild, wet winters.'
  20. 'Then in the Holocene we had a period of benign climatic stability.'
  21. 'In persistently windy areas consider planting a windbreak to create a more benign climate for your garden.'
  22. in combination 'an ozone-benign refrigerant'
(of a disease) not harmful in effect.
  1. 'Patients with prostate cancer tend to have lower free-total ratios than do patients with benign disease.'
  2. 'Following up the placebo arm of a randomised trial can be a good way of tracking the course of benign diseases.'
  3. 'Accordingly, SARS-associated coronavirus may not change rapidly into a benign infection.'
  4. 'Her past medical history was significant only for an abdominal hysterectomy performed more than 10 years earlier for benign disease.'
  5. 'Isolated atrial and ventricular ectopic beats in pregnant women without existing heart disease are usually benign.'
  6. 'Uncomplicated infections are generally benign but, if not treated, can interfere with daily life.'
  7. 'In actual fact, for the vast majority of cases, the childhood infectious diseases are benign and self-limiting.'
  8. '‘But it is generally quite a benign condition, which is easily managed and treated,’ Dr Pye said.'
  9. 'Because the syndrome is benign most individuals do not even know they carry a hemoglobin abnormality.'
  10. 'It is difficult to distinguish premalignant lesions from more common benign inflammatory conditions in the general population.'
  11. 'benign growths'
  12. 'Pleomorphic adenoma is a benign neoplasm that occurs in major or minor salivary glands.'
  13. 'It is currently believed that most colorectal carcinomas start as benign adenomas that undergo malignant transformation into adenocarcinoma.'


1. having a kindly disposition; gracious: a benign king.

2. showing or expressive of gentleness or kindness: a benign smile.

3. favorable; propitious: a series of benign omens and configurations in the heavens.

4. (of weather) salubrious; healthful; pleasant or beneficial.

5. Pathology. not malignant; self-limiting.

More examples(as adjective)

"datas can be benign for markets."

"events can be benign for markets."

"datas can be benign in terms."

"weathers can be benign for harvests."

"slowdowns can be benign in comparisons."

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Middle English: from Old French benigne, from Latin benignus, probably from bene ‘well’ + -genus ‘-born’. Compare with gentle.