benign

  • 1 benign — BENÍGN, Ă, benigni, e, adj. (Despre boli) Lipsit de gravitate; uşor. – Din lat. benignus, fr. bénin, igne. Trimis de paula, 02.06.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  Benign ≠ malign Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004. Sursa: Antonime  BENÍGN adj. (med.) curabil,… …

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  • 2 Benign — Be*nign , a. [OE. benigne, bening, OF. benigne, F. b[ e]nin, fem. b[ e]nigne, 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;… …

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  • 3 benign — [adj1] kindly amiable, beneficent, benevolent, benignant, complaisant, congenial, favorable, friendly, generous, genial, gentle, good, goodhearted, gracious, kind, liberal, merciful, mild, obliging, sympathetic; concept 542 Ant. hateful, hostile …

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  • 4 benign — (adj.) early 14c., from O.Fr. benigne (12c., kind, benign, merciful, gracious; Mod.Fr. bénin, fem. bénigne), from L. benignus kindly, kindhearted, friendly, generous, lit. well born, from bene well (see BENE (Cf. bene )) + gignere to bear, beget …

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  • 5 benign — [bi nīn′] adj. [ME & OFr benigne < L benignus, good, lit., well born < bene, well (cf. sense development of GENTLE) + genus, birth: see GENUS] 1. good natured; kindly 2. favorable; beneficial 3. Med. doing little or no harm; not malignant;… …

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  • 6 benign — index beneficial, benevolent, charitable (lenient), favorable (expressing approval), harmless, humane, nontoxic …

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  • 7 benign — 1 benignant, kindly, *kind Analogous words: *gracious, genial, cordial, affable: sympathetic, *tender, compassionate: *suave, urbane, bland Antonyms: malign Contrasted words: malignant, malevolent, *malicious, spiteful: * …

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  • 8 benign — is principally used in medicine to mean ‘not life threatening’; its opposite is malignant. The word benignant, meaning ‘kindly’ or ‘beneficial’, has largely fallen out of use …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 benign — ► ADJECTIVE 1) genial and kindly. 2) favourable; not harmful. 3) (of a tumour) not malignant. DERIVATIVES benignity noun benignly adverb. ORIGIN Latin benignus, probably from bene well + genus born …

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  • 10 benign — [[t]bɪna͟ɪn[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use benign to describe someone who is kind, gentle, and harmless. They are normally a more benign audience... Critics of the scheme take a less benign view. Syn: charitable Derived words: benignly ADV …

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  • 11 benign — adjective Etymology: Middle English benigne, from Anglo French, from Latin benignus, from bene + gignere to beget more at kin Date: 14th century 1. of a gentle disposition ; gracious < a benign teacher > 2 …

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  • 12 benign — be|nign [ bə naın ] adjective 1. ) a benign lump in your body or a benign disease is not cancer and will not kill you: a benign tumor ─ opposite MALIGNANT 2. ) FORMAL kind and nice: a benign smile a benign old gentleman ╾ be|nign|ly adverb …

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  • 13 benign — UK [bəˈnaɪn] / US adjective 1) medical a benign lump in your body or a benign disease is not cancer and will not kill you a benign tumour 2) formal kind and nice a benign smile a benign old gentleman Derived word: benignly adverb …

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  • 14 benign — /bəˈnaɪn / (say buh nuyn) adjective 1. of a kind disposition; kind. 2. showing or caused by gentleness or kindness: a benign smile. 3. favourable; propitious: benign planets. 4. (of weather) salubrious. 5. Pathology not malignant: a benign tumour …

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  • 15 benign — benignly, adv. /bi nuyn /, adj. 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.… …

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  • 16 benign — Denoting the mild character of an illness or the nonmalignant character of a neoplasm. [through O.Fr., fr. L. benignus, kind] * * * be·nign bi nīn adj 1) of a mild type or character that does not threaten health or life <benign malaria>… …

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  • 17 benign — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem ADVERB ▪ fairly, rather, relatively ▪ The effects of this chemical are fairly benign …

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  • 18 benign — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. benignant, gracious; favorable. See health, benevolence.Ant., sinister, harmful. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Kind or beneficial] Syn. good, gracious, kindly, favorable; see kind . 2. [Harmless] Syn.… …

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  • 19 benign — adjective 1) a benign grandfatherly role Syn: kindly, kind, warmhearted, good natured, friendly, warm, affectionate, agreeable, genial, congenial, cordial, approachable, tenderhearted, gentle, sympathetic, compassionate, car …

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  • 20 benign — adjective 1) a benign grandfatherly role Syn: kindly, kind, warm hearted, good natured, friendly, genial, tender hearted, gentle, sympathetic, compassionate, caring, well disposed, benevolent 2) a benign climate …

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