having a kindly disposition; gracious:
a benign king.
showing or expressive of gentleness or kindness:
a benign smile.
a series of benign omens and configurations in the heavens.
(of weather) salubrious; healthful; pleasant or beneficial.
Pathology. not malignant; self-limiting.
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showing kindliness; genial
(of soil, climate, etc) mild; gentle
(pathol) (of a tumour, etc) not threatening to life or health; not malignant
Not life-threatening or severe, and likely to respond to treatment, as a tumor that is not malignant. Compare malignant.
Note: The term benign is used when describing tumors or growths that do not threaten the health of an individual.
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a city in S Nigeria. Historical Examples West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley Montezuma’s Castle and Other Weird Tales Charles B. Cory West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley noun a city in S Nigeria, capital of Edo state: former capital of the kingdom of Benin. Pop: 1 022 000 (2005 est)
of or relating to the republic of Benin. a native or inhabitant of Benin. adjective of or relating to Benin or its people noun Also Beninois (ˌbɛniːˈnwɑː). a native or inhabitant of Benin
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