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benign (adj.)

early 14c., from Old French benigne "kind, benign, merciful, gracious" (12c., Modern French bénin, fem. bénigne), from Latin benignus "kindly, kindhearted, friendly, generous," literally "well born," from bene "well" (see bene-) + gignere "to bear, beget," from genus "birth" (from PIE root *gene- "give birth, beget"). For similar sense evolution, compare gentle, kind (adj.), generous. Related: Benignly.

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Definitions of benign from WordNet

benign (adj.)
not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor);
benign (adj.)
pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence;
the benign influence of pure air
the benign sky
a benign smile
Synonyms: benignant
benign (adj.)
kindness of disposition or manner;
the benign ruler of millions
benign intentions
From wordnet.princeton.edu